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EU remains vague on GMO approval timings

EU member states have been unable to gain firm dates for forthcoming genetically modified crop approvals from the European Commission. At the June meeting of the EU Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCFCAH), the Commission was pressed for an update on the progress of the pending cultivation approval of DuPont/Dow AgroSciences’ insect-resistant Herculex I (1507) maize, but merely responded that “it is a matter of timing”. It has been free to go ahead with the approval since February, but, at the time, noted that it was already too late for planting this year (Agrow No 683, p 10). The Commission is also believed to be waiting for a final agreement on proposals to allow national bans on the cultivation of EU-approved crops. The proposals have only recently completed their first reading by EU Ministers (Agrow No 690, p 8).

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