EU free to go ahead with more GMO import approvals
The European Commission is free to go ahead with granting EU import approvals for five more genetically modified crop lines, after member states once again failed to reach agreement for or against the authorisations. The applications under consideration include approval for import, processing and use in food and feed for: BASF’s imidazolinone herbicide-tolerant Cultivance (BPS-CV127) soybeans; DuPont’s acetolactate synthase herbicide-tolerant and high oleic acid Optimum GAT (305423) soybeans; and Monsanto’s glyphosate-tolerant and high oleic acid Vistive Gold (MON87705) soybeans and its dicamba-tolerant MON87708 soybeans. The other application is for the renewal of the approval for Bayer CropScience’s glufosinate-tolerant LibertyLink T25 maize. The appeal committee votes came just before member states formally agreed on proposals to allow national bans on EU-approved GM crops (Agrow No 690, p 8), yet the prospect of this deal did not appear to encourage the committee towards a majority view on the crops.