Biotech Updates

EU Approves Three GM Maize Strains

November 6, 2009

The EU Commission has approved three genetically modified maize strains for food, feed and processing across its 27 member states. Monsanto's insect resistant YieldGard VT Pro (MON 89034) and insect resistant and herbicide tolerant YieldGard VT Rootworm/RR2 (MON 88017), as well as DuPont's stacked Herculex RW/ Roundup Ready Corn 2 can now be imported into the European Union. Similar to earlier authorizations, the Commission issued the approval after the Council of Ministers failed to reach a consensus.

The approval follows the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) scientific opinions concluding that the GM maize strains "are unlikely to have any adverse effect on human and animal health or on the environment."

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