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Monsanto puts German ban court case on hold

Monsanto has put on hold its court case challenging the German ban on the cultivation of its EU-approved genetically modified insect-resistant MON810 maize. The company has done so to allow time for the German competent authority to re-assess the scientific validity of its arguments on the ban after considering all relevant scientific evidence substantiating the safety of MON 810. The line was banned in April last year, and that action was immediately followed by Monsanto’s initiating summary proceedings ( Agrow No 566, p 13). In a preliminary ruling in May, the German Braunschweig Administrative Court denied Monsanto’s bid to overturn the ban ( Agrow No 567, p 13). The German central committee on biological safety, the ZKBS, confirmed in September its earlier assessment that the cultivation of MON810 posed no danger to the environment ( Agrow No 576, p 13).

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