November 17, 2008

EC proposes to authorize GM soy


The EC will transmit to the Council a proposal to authorize genetically modified soy after member states did not endorse it during a meeting of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH).


The Commission presented the proposal to the SCoFCAH for the authorization of GM soy bean MON89788, also known as RoundupReady2 soy, for import and processing and food and feed uses.


The authorization is important as it will help prevent shortages in supply of the EU livestock industry with soy imports from third world countries.


Member states remained neutral towards the proposal, during the SCoFCAH meeting.


The Commission tabled the proposal following an application submitted by the American food biotechnology company Monsanto and a favourable scientific assessment from the European Food Safety Authority, which addressed all safety concerns.


The EFSA concluded that there is no risk to human or animal health or to the environment.

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