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Crop Biotech Update

European Commission Authorizes Five GM Products for Food/Feed Use

July 12, 2017

On July 4, 2017, the European Commission has granted five authorizations for genetically modified (GM) crops for food/feed use. The GM crops are cotton 281-24-236 x 3006-210-23 x MON 88913; cotton GHB 119; maize Bt11 × 59122 × MIR604 × 1507 × GA21; maize DAS-40278-9; and the renewal of maize MON 810.

The approved GM crops had gone through the full authorization procedure, including a favorable scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The crops also received "no opinion" votes from the Member States in both the Standing and Appeal Committees and the Commission adopted the pending decisions.

The authorizations do not cover cultivation, valid for 10 years, and any products produced from these GM crops will be subject to the EU's strict labelling and traceability rules.

More details are available at the website of the European Commission.