Food Law News - EU - 2008

Commission Press Release (IP/08/220), 12 February 2008

GMOs: Proposals to authorise soybean A2704-12 and cotton LL25 to be transmitted to the Council

The Commission presented today to the Member States proposals for the authorisation of genetically modified soybean A2704-12 and cotton LL25 for import and processing and food and feed use.

The Member States returned no definitive opinion, either for or against the proposals, during a meeting of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health. The Commission tabled the proposals following applications submitted by Bayer CropScience and favourable scientific assessments from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which addressed all safety concerns. The assessments concluded that there is no risk to human or animal health or to the environment.

According to the relevant procedures the Commission must now transmit the file to the Council for a decision. If the Council does not reach a position within three months, the proposals will be sent back to the Commission for final adoption.

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