Mixed EU fortunes for GM products

Three maize varieties get marketing approval but two others must wait; Austria could be told to overturn national ban

The European commission gave marketing approval to four new genetically-modified products on Wednesday. Three GM maize varieties were approved for feed and food use and for import and processing, after EU governments failed to take a decision on the applications. A modified sugar beet was approved for food and feed. None were given cultivation approval.

Separately, Reuters news agency reported that EU environment commissioner Stavros Dimas is to propose marketing rejection for two other GM maize varieties developed by Syngenta and Pioneer. Environmentalists welcomed the news, but Mr Dimas could be overruled by other commissioners.

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