Food Law News - EU - 2008

Council Press Release, 20 November 2008

GMOs - Council Discussions - Genetically modified soya

The following is an extract from the minutes of the Agriculture Council meeting held 18-20 November 2008.

The Council did not achieve a qualified majority for or against a proposal for a Decision authorising the placing on the market of products containing genetically modified soybean MON-89788-1, for the same uses as any other soybean, with the exception of cultivation (14683/08).

The Decision will be referred back to the Commission.

The Netherlands delegation declared that it agreed with the opinion of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) about the authorisation. It proposed that this issue should be discussed more generally at the meeting of the Environment Council on 4 December 2008, to adopt guidelines to optimise the authorisation procedure on the basis of a risk analysis.

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