Second modified crop gets EU green light
After a six-year freeze, a second genetically modified product won EU marketing approval on Monday. The European Commission announced it was authorising imports of GM maize variety NK603, made by biotechnology firm Monsanto, for use in animal feed. The EU executive was using its powers after EU farm ministers last month remained deadlocked over whether a marketing licence should be granted. The approval is the first to be made under the EU's revised "deliberate release" directive. A similar decision made in May was made under novel foods legislation (EED 19/05/04). See press release.