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EU approves Syngenta's GA21 maize

The European Commission has approved Syngenta's genetically modified glyphosate-tolerant GA21 maize for import, processing and use in food and feed. The Commission was forced to rubber-stamp its own proposal for approval after EU Agriculture Ministers failed to accept or reject the GM crop ( Agrow No 538, p 10). Simultaneously, the Commission cancelled EU authorisation for Monsanto's GA21 maize line, which has been replaced with Roundup Ready NK603 maize ( Agrow No 538, p 12). The latest GA21 approval is the fastest EU GM crop clearance so far, comments Brussels news agency AgraFacts. The European feed industry had warned that slow EU decisions on GM crops would disrupt feed supplies. Earlier this year, Spain sought permission to import Syngenta's GA21 maize from Argentina ( Agrow No 538, p 17).

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