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EFSA clears renewed approval for Bt11 maize

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has given safety clearance to Syngenta's application to renew the existing EU approval of its genetically modified insect-resistant Bt11 maize. The application covers import and use in food and feed, but not cultivation, and will go forward for consideration by the European Commission. New information provided in the application included updated scientific data and a report on production, imports and use. The EFSA says that it maintains its previous opinion that the GM maize was as safe as its non-GM counterparts. Despite having held import and processing approval since before 1998, Bt11's cultivation application has been held up in the EU system. In late 2008, the EFSA dismissed environmental concerns raised over the application ( Agrow No 556, p 12).

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