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Crop Biotech Update

American Soybean Association: More Work Still Needed on EU Biotech Approvals

February 3, 2016

In a statement released on January 28, 2016, the American Soybean Association (ASA) is urging the European Commission to address delays in the approvals timeline for crops grown with new biotechnology traits, saying the delays create a barrier to entry into the market for American soybeans and risk the supply of high quality feed for Europe's livestock industry. The ASA noted the improvements that the current Commission has made, and urged the Commission to give final authorization to new biotech events after they have passed through the EU's long review process.

The statement followed a report released earlier in January from European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly highlighting delays in the previous Commission's decisions on approving the import of new biotech crops that she said amounted to "maladministration."

ASA President Richard Wilkins noted that while the current Commission is making progress, it must continue to do so. "While Ombudsman O'Reilly's report is a reaffirmation of what we have known to be true for some time, it is still a good acknowledgement of the work that is ahead with regard to Europe. The process for approving new traits for export must be a transparent, efficient and science-based one," he said.

Read the statement at the American Soybean Association website.