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Green group lobbies against EU GM crop approvals

Environmentalist group Greenpeace has urged the European Commission not to approve three genetically modified crops: Monsanto's insect-resistant MON810 maize; BASF's improved starch Amflora potato; and Bayer CropScience's glufosinate-tolerant LLRice62 rice. The group presented a petition to EU Health and Consumers Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou in October. Ms Vassiliou acknowledged that GM crop registrations were a "sensitive" issue, but pointed out that she had "no option but to authorise" a GM crop if the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) had given a positive opinion on its safety, reports Brussels news service AgraFacts. The EFSA has given safety clearance to the renewal of MON810's cultivation approval ( Agrow No 571, p 13), and the authorisation of cultivation of Amflora ( Agrow No 570, p 9). The EFSA cleared the import of LLRice62 in 2007 ( Agrow No 533, p 10).

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