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Friday, 16 December 2011

No agreement for the authorisation of 3 genetically modified varieties

While proposals for decisions authorising the use of three genetically modified varieties in food, feed and for other uses, though excluding cultivation, have been presented for adoption at the 3137th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries, held in Brussels, no agreement has been reached either in favour of or against the authorisations.
Following the submission of initial applications for authorisation of these genetically modified varieties, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was initially consulted and issued favourable scientific opinions. On that basis, the European Commission presented its proposals to the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH). However, at its meeting, held on 9 February 2011, the SCoFCAH did not achieve the qualified majority necessary to deliver an opinion for or against the authorisation measures proposed by the Commission. Given  the absence of this latter it was up to the Council to act on the Commission proposals within a three-month period.

Source: Council of the European Union