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EU Ready To Approve GM Sweet Corn

posted on May 14, 2004

The European Union said Friday it would approve for human consumption a variety of genetically modified corn, ending a six-year moratorium on new biotech crops. That ban had been challenged by the U.S. before the World Trade Organization.

European Commission spokesman Reijo Kemppinen said the Swiss-based company Syngenta's application to sell Bt11 sweet corn would be approved at the commission's meeting on May 19. The decision will be valid in all 25 EU countries for 10 years.

The insect-resistant corn had been approved as animal feed and its derivatives, such as corn syrup, were approved for human consumption before the EU halted its approval process in 1998. The new approval would allow companies to sell canned sweet corn from the Bt11 strain directly to consumers. Cultivation by farmers, however, still would be forbidden.

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