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EU food agency approves biotech maize

In its first opinion on a biotech crop, Europe's food safety authority Efsa has concluded that GM1507 maize poses no threat to health or the environment. Based on available evidence, says Efsa, GM1507 will have similar impacts on the environment as non-GM maize varieties. Meanwhile, Austria has called on the European Commission to ban cultivation of another biotech maize, MON810, until new safety fears have been investigated (EED 17/02/05). MON810 was last year added to the EU's common catalogue of agricultural plant varieties (EED 08/09/04). See Efsa press release and Austrian proposal.

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