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Grain and Oilseed

The work of the Arable Crop Marketing Sector is geared to representing the interests of Members with Defra and other government and non-government bodies and organisations. Catherine Barrett is Sector Head of Grain and Oilseed.




Legal limits for the presence of certain fusarium mycotoxins in food grade cereals were set in 2006.  


The introduction of the UK Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation in 2008 and the EU Renewable Energy and Fuel Quality Directives in 2009 established levels for the first time on the use of renewable fuels in road fuel.

Erucic acid

Erucic acid is a naturally occurring contaminant present in the oilseeds of the Brassicaceae family of plants, which includes oilseed rape and mustard. 

Plant breeding

Crops are currently seen as either conventionally bred, or genetically modified and therefore requiring significant controls. The resulting harvests from such a crop are segregated accordingly.


AIC has a website dedicated to Brexit providing a wide range of useful information, including regular briefings, meeting reports, sector priorities and links to information from other organisations and stakeholders.


COCERAL is the voice representing the European cereals, rice, feedstuffs, oilseeds, olive oil, oils and fats and agrosupply trade.