Viptera maize decision returns to EU Commission
The European Commission is free to endorse its own proposed approval for imports of Syngenta’s genetically modified insect-resistant MIR162 ( Bt Vip3Aa20) maize trait, after EU member states once again failed to agree on a GM crop. An appeal committee could not reach a majority decision in September, having been asked to consider MIR162 after the EU Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health returned a similar “no opinion” earlier in the month. The GM line is sold as Agrisure Viptera and is only available in combination with other insect-resistant traits. It was given safety clearance by the European Food Safety Authority earlier this year ( Agrow No 643, p 9).