EU's GM product ban "could end in two weeks"

Member states likely to be asked to support modified food marketing licence as early as 10 November

The EU's five-year-long informal ban on new genetically modified food and crop varieties could end within two weeks, a memo from the European Commission to member states has revealed. The Commission says it is likely to recommend marketing approval for a GM sweet maize variety developed by Syngenta at a meeting of member state officials on either 10 November or 12 December.

The Commission's move coincides with the reconstruction of the EU's GM regulatory framework, a process that achieved near-completion last week with the publication of laws on traceability and labelling (EED 22/10/03).

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