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EU approves six GM maize lines for import

The European Commission has gone ahead with awarding import approvals for six genetically modified maize lines, thereby ending delays due to the lack of majority support from EU member states. The Commission was free to rubber-stamp its own approval decisions after separate meetings of EU Ministers and the EU regulatory committee could not agree on whether to accept or reject the proposals ( Agrow No 595, p 8). The approvals cover five new stacked-trait insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant lines: Monsanto’s MON89034xNK603 and MON88017xMON810; Dow AgroSciences’ 1507x59122 and 59122x1507xNK603; and Syngenta’s Bt11xGA21. The sixth renews the approval for Syngenta’s Bt11 maize. All the approvals cover import, processing and use in food and feed, and are valid for ten years.

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