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Industry bemoans slower EU GMO approval times

The time taken to complete an EU assessment of a genetically modified crop is now over five years, compared with less than two years in 2006, says European biotechnology industry association EuropaBio. In its latest update on the status of EU GMO registrations, it highlights a steady increase between 2006 and 2014 in the average time taken by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to deliver a scientific opinion on applications for approval of import or cultivation. Data for other countries in 2011 shows average times for a complete GM product approval of 25 months in the US, 27 months in Brazil and 30 months in Canada.



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