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Commission Authorises Six GM Maize Varieties

by 5m Editor
28 July 2010, at 11:29am

EU - The European Commission has authorised six genetically modified (GM) varieties of maize for food and feed uses.

The European Commission adopted today five Decisions authorising GM maize 1507×59122, 59122×1507×NK603, MON88017×MON810, MON89034×NK603 and Bt11×GA21 and one Decision renewing the authorisation of Bt11 maize.

These six decisions cover the authorisation for food and feed uses and import and processing but not for cultivation.

The six GM maize in question received (between February 2009 and September 2009) a positive safety assessment from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and underwent the full authorisation procedure set out in the EU legislation.

As Member States did not succeed to return qualified majority decisions for or against these six authorisations/renewal in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH) of February 2010 and April 2010 and then in the Council meeting of 29 June 2010, the dossiers were sent back to the Commission for decision.

The authorisations are valid for 10 years, and any products produced from these GM maize will be subject to the EU's strict labelling and traceability rules.

The six adoptions of today are the result of a usual and standard procedure concerning the authorisation of GMOs to be used in food and feed and have no link with the recently adopted package on cultivation since they do not cover cultivation.