In its opinion released yesterday, the committee said there was no evidence that the maize variety, engineered by biotechnology firm Monsanto to be tolerant to its "Round-up" glyphosate herbicide, would damage human health or the environment. The assessment brings to 10 the number of applications cleared as safe by EU scientists but awaiting a regulatory decision. A further three are awaiting the SCP's opinion.
Six months ago, EU member states delayed for a second time a decision on a European Commission proposal to approve three varieties already endorsed by the SCP (ENDS Daily 9 March). In July they reiterated their commitment to continued blockage of all approvals (ENDS Daily 17 July). As the freeze has continued the European Commission has become increasingly worried that the EU could face legal challenges from biotechnology firms (ENDS Daily 13 July).
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