EU approves four GM crops for use in feed and food

By Jane Byrne

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Last week saw the European Commission authorize three genetically modified crops - one soybean, one oilseed rape and one cotton.

The EU Executive also renewed authorisation for a genetically modified cotton crop used for food and animal feed. 

All of the GMOs in question have gone through a comprehensive and stringent authorisation procedure, including a favourable scientific assessment by the risk assessor, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

The authorisation decisions concern only the import of the GMOs.

The EU officials said member states did not reach a qualified majority either in favour or against the authorizations at the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCOPAFF), nor at the subsequent Appeal Committee.

As a result of that voting outcome, the Commission was obliged to take the responsibility for the final decision, with it moving to proceed with all four approvals.

The authorizations are valid for 10 years.

The three Commission 'implementing decisions' for the authorizations were published in the Official Journal of the European Union, L 105, April 4 2022​ and the renewal of the cotton crop was published in the Official Journal of the European Union, L 108, April 7 2022


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