EFSA to study GM honey issue
The European Commission is to study the implications for the rules and approvals of genetically modified crops following a recent court ruling on honey. The EU court has ruled that honey containing accidental traces of pollen from GM crops would require EU approval before being sold ( Agrow No 624, p 9). The case concerned Monsanto’s GM insect-resistant MON810 maize. The Commission is to ask the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to analyse whether this means a “special” authorisation is now needed for MON810, says Frederic Vincent, spokesman for the Commission’s Health and Consumers Directorate General. Monsanto’s existing EU approval for MON810 covers food use of maize flour, gluten, starch, glucose and oil, but not pollen.