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EFSA dismisses Austrian bans on three GM crops

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that Austria has presented no new scientific evidence to support its bans of three EU-approved genetically modified crops. The bans relate to: Monsanto's corn rootworm-resistant MON863 maize and glyphosate-tolerant GT73 oilseed rape, which were both approved for import into the EU in 2005; and Bayer CropScience's MS8 (male sterile), RF3 (fertility restoration) and MS8xRF3 (hybrid) oilseed rape lines, which were approved for import and use in feed in 2007. Austria invoked the safeguard clause under the EU GMO registration Directive (2001/18) to provisionally ban G73 in July 2007, and MON863 and the MS8/RF3 lines in July 2008. The EFSA's opinion means that the Commission will be able to initiate legal action to overturn the bans.

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