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EFSA rejects French ban on MON810 maize

France has not provided any specific scientific evidence to justify its latest ban on Monsanto’s genetically modified insect-resistant MON810 maize, says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Its conclusion is based on an evaluation of documents submitted by France to the European Commission in March as notification of its plan to prohibit cultivation of the GM line. The country went ahead with the ban in April (Agrow No 687, p 17). The French submission did not provide any new information and most of the scientific publications cited had already been addressed by the EFSA in previous safety assessments of MON810, the Authority says. Its opinion will be considered by the Commission, which has the right to order France to lift the ban. However, it is likely to wait for agreement to be reached in separate talks on proposals to allow national bans on the cultivation of EU-approved crops.

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