Council challenges EC's criteria for GM bans

A European Commission proposal to allow member states to ban genetically modified (GM) crops in their territory only on the basis of socio-economic criteria was challenged by EU environment ministers during a debate in Luxembourg on Thursday morning.

EU countries should be allowed to ban GM crops on environmental and health grounds, some argued, noting this would be the best way to stand up to WTO scrutiny. The commission said countries cannot declare a product unsafe if it has been cleared by the food safety agency EFSA.

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