Biotech Updates

EU Approves Three Biotech Corn Varieties

January 6, 2012

The European Union (EU) has approved three biotech corn varieties from Syngenta AG and another variety from Dow Chemical Co., for food and feed use, import, and processing.

The approved Syngenta corn are MIR604 x GA 21, Bt11 x MIR604 and Bt11 x MIR604 x GA21, which all have insect resistance and herbicide tolerance traits. The Dow cotton approved is 281-24-236 x 3006-210-23 which exemplifies insect resistance.

According to the European Commission, they approved the crops after member states failed to give a qualified majority in favor or against the approvals. The authorizations are valid for 10 years and will be subject to the labelling and traceability rules of EU.

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