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EU Commission studies expansion of MON810 approval

The European Commission is working towards expanding the approval of Monsanto’s genetically modified insect-resistant MON810 maize so that it includes the use of pollen in food. The current approval covers food use of maize flour, gluten, starch, glucose and oil. “We are taking the necessary steps to plug this regulatory gap in order to have an authorisation that covers explicitly all food uses,” EU Health and Consumers Commissioner John Dalli told the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee this month. The Commission had been studying the matter in response to an EU Court of Justice ruling that honey containing accidental traces of pollen from GM crops would require EU approval before being sold ( Agrow No 625, p 23). The European Food Safety Authority has been asked to provide an opinion on the safety of MON810 pollen in honey, Mr Dalli said.

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