Council adopts first reading position on GMO cultivation

The General Affairs Council 23 July formally adopted a first reading position on a proposal to allow individual Member States to ban cultivation of EU-approved genetically modified organisms.

GM, Food Technology, Genetic Modification

EFSA clears GM enzymes

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has cleared as safe two genetically modified lipase enzymes.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification

“You’ve got 15 days to approve GMOs”, Commission told

Europe’s food and feed importers have told the European Commission it has 15 days to approve eight GM products or face supply chain disruption and price hikes.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification

EFSA calls for better MON810 monitoring

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has “strongly reiterated” its recommendations for improvements to monitoring methods for Monsanto’s genetically modified insect-resistant YieldGard Corn Borer (MON810) maize, Agrow reports.

GM, Food Technology, Genetic Modification

An attempt by the European Coexistence Bureau (ECoB) to monitor the efficiency of co-existence measures for genetically modified and non-GM maize in the EU has been thwarted by the low levels of commercial crops, Agrow reports.

The European Commission is free to go ahead with granting EU import approvals for five more genetically modified crop lines, after member states once again failed to reach agreement for or against the authorisations, Agrow reports.

The anti-GM crop group, Testbiotech, has again urged the European Commission not to proceed with the cultivation approval for DuPont/Dow AgroSciences’ GM insect-resistant Herculex I (1507) maize.

The 12 June Environment Council has smashed the four-year deadlock over a proposal to allow individual Member States to prohibit cultivation of EU-approved genetically modified organisms on their territories.

The 12 June Environment Council is set to back a four-year old proposal allowing Member States to ban cultivation of EU-approved genetically modified organisms on their territories, under a compromise deal brokered by the Greek presidency.

The New Zealand High Court has ruled that the country's Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) erred in deciding that certain genetic modification techniques fall within an exemption from regulation under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act, Agrow reports.

Campaign group Corporate Europe Observatory has slammed a Greek presidency compromise proposal allowing national opt-outs from cultivating EU-approved genetically modified organisms that is up for discussion among Member States this week.

The Commission has yet to set a date for the weekly meeting of its commissioners to adopt a decision to authorise Pioneer’s genetically modified corn 1507.

A field growing Monsanto’s genetically modified insect-resistant MON810 maize has been destroyed by anti-GMO activists, Agrow reports.

The French council of state, the Conseil d’État, has rejected an appeal by French maize growers and seed companies to suspend the recent imposition of a ban by the Ministry of Agriculture on the cultivation of Monsanto’s genetically modified insect-resistant MON810 maize, Agrow reports.