EU agency says French GMO maize ban unjustified
Source of Article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/feedarticle/7965677
PARIS, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Europe's top food safety agency said on Friday that France's ban on a genetically modified maize developed by U.S. biotech giant Monsanto was unjustified.
Monsanto's MON 810 is the only GM crop grown in the
European Union, unlike in the
"No specific scientific evidence, in terms of risk
to human and animal health and the environment, was provided that would
justify the invocation of a safeguard clause," the European Food Safety
Authority (EFSA) said in an opinion released on its website. The EFSA is
The French government said it had serious doubts about whether Mon 810 maize was safe for the environment.
However, the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMO) has remained legal. The European Commission, which monitors food safety and implementation of EU food standards across the bloc's 27 member countries, had requested the opinion from the EFSA.
The Commission will consider the opinion and will very
If the Commission did order removal of the ban and
Polls show that the vast majority of French are opposed to GM crops because they have not seen enough proof that they do not pose risks to consumers and the environment.
Monsanto says the protein contained in the maize has selective toxicity but is harmless to humans, fish and wildlife. (Reporting by Sybille de La Hamaide)
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