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Inspections confirm that genetically modified plants are not being grown in Lithuania

2013-11-08

The genetically modified organism (GMO) inspection has confirmed that genetically modified plants are not being grown in Lithuania. In Lithuania, as in the entire European Union, the raising of genetically modified cultures and the supply of genetically modified products is strictly controlled.

The Ministry of Enviornment has not yet granted a single permit to grow genetically modified plants, and there are constant inspections to check for the release of GMOs into the environment.

This year, Ministry of Environment agencies and specialists form the State Plant Service under the Ministry of Agriculture took more than 250 rapeseed samples for laboratory tests from crop stocks, road sides, railroad crossings, rural areas, and protected areas in the Ignalina, Zarasai, Rokiškis, Biržai, Kupiškis, Anykščiai, Molėtai, Vilnius and other regions. According to testing done by the National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute, none of those samples tested positive for GMOs.

Plant and propagation materials not meant for human or animal consumption headed for Lithuania or going through Lithuania to other European Union nations are also constantly tested for genetic modifications. Over the last 10 months, State Plant Service specialists posted at our borders have taken almost thirty samples of linen, rapeseed and common pumpkin shipped from Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Russia. No GMOs were detected in any of them.

Public Information Division
2013-11-08

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas