EU blocks Monsanto's GM rapeseed

June 18, 2004

Brussels, 17 Jun 2004

A panel of EU national environmental regulators failed to agree, on 16 June, whether or not to allow genetically modified (GM) rapeseed manufactured by Monsanto to be imported into the EU.

This move not only undermines efforts to diffuse a trans-Atlantic trade dispute over EU GM food restrictions, but also means the politically-charged decision will now be handed to ministers.

National ministers will have to rule on the rapeseed or, as they did with the Syngenta corn a month ago, let the European Commission decide.

The European Commission has already asked ministers to approve the import of a Monsanto gene-altered corn variety for animal feed after regulators blocked this in February. A decision by the ministers is due at the end of June.

A spokesperson for Monsanto said in a statement: 'We would hope the Council of Ministers approves the product, because it has been determined to be safe by the European Food Safety Authority.'

CORDIS RTD-NEWS / © European Communities
Item source: http://dbs.cordis.lu/cgi-bin/srchidadb?C ALLER=NHP_EN_NEWS&ACTION=D&SESSION=&RCN= EN_RCN_ID:22197

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments