Food Law News - EU - 2009

Midday Express, 3 November 2009

GM FOOD - Commission decisions on three different types of GM maize

The European Commission adopted today three decisions authorising Genetically Modified (GM) maize MON88017, MON89034, 59122xNK603, for food and feed uses and import and processing. MON88017, MON89034 and 59122xNK603 received a positive safety assessment from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and underwent the full authorisation procedure set out in EU legislation.

As Member States failed to return qualified majority decisions for or against these three authorisations in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH), and then in the Council, the dossiers were sent back to the Commission for a decision. The authorisations are valid for 10 years, and any products derived from these three different types of GM maize will be subject to the EU's strict labelling and traceability rules.

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