Biotech Updates

European Commission Authorizes Six GM Crops for Food and Feed

January 10, 2018

The European Commission, on December 22, 2017, has authorized six genetically modified organisms (GMOs), all for food/feed uses. These are:

The GMOs that were approved have all gone through a comprehensive authorization procedure, including a favorable scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

The authorization decisions do not cover cultivation. These GMOs had received "no opinion" votes from the Member States both in the Standing and the Appeal Committees and the Commission therefore had to adopt the pending decisions. The authorizations are valid for 10 years, and any products produced from these GMOs will be subject to the EU's strict labelling and traceability rules.

For more information, read European Commission Daily News.