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Friday, 02 July 2010

Council conclusions: Six genetically modified maize varieties approved

The 3025th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Luxembourg on 29 June 2010 examined proposals for decisions authorizing the use of six genetically modified maize varieties in food and feed, excluding cultivation, have been presented to the Council for adoption. No agreement in favour or against the authorisations was reached. Following the submission of initial applications for authorising these genetically modified varieties the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was initially consulted, as provided for by regulation 1829/2003, and issued favourable scientific opinions. On this basis, the European Commission drew up proposals for authorising these varieties which were presented to the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH). At its meetings on 9 February and 19 April 2010, the SCoFCAH was unable to gather the qualified majority necessary to deliver an opinion in favour or against the authorisation measures proposed by the Commission. In the absence of an opinion it was to the Council to act on the Commission proposals within a three month period.

Source: Council of the EU