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EU Moves on Biotech Corn

posted on April 30, 2004

The European Union Commission this week said it will approve an application by Swiss-based company Syngenta AG to sell genetically modified corn, ending a six-year moratorium on biotech foods,

A meeting of EU farm ministers on the application ended in deadlock, which sent the decision to the EU's executive commission. The commission has urged an end to the moratorium following a complaint filed by the U.S. at the World Trade Organization. Officials say commission approval could come in a week or two.

Syngenta's sweet corn already is on sale in 10 countries, including the United States and Japan. It contains a gene that makes it resistant to attack from corn borers.

In related news, a panel of EU scientists is expected to vote soon on an application by U.S. agribusiness company Monsanto for a new type of genetically modified maize.

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