Brussels - The European Union's Agricultural Council has failed to reach a qualified majority for rejecting or upholding the Greek ban on genetically modified (GM) maize Mon 810. EuropaBio, the organization representing Europe's bioindustry, called the Council's decision not to reject the Greek Government's temporary ban on Monsanto's MON 810 corn as “disappointing”.
“Neither the Greek Government nor any of the authorities have provided any validated scientific evidence to support either a ban or withholding approval to use these products in food,” said Simon Barber, director of the plant biotechnology unit at
EuropaBio. “Consequently it is disappointing to see the Council's lack of support for the law,” he added.
The Council also failed to reach agreement on decisions to approve foods and food ingredients produced from Monsanto's herbicide-resistant GM maize GA 21 and MON 863, a transgenic corn used for food engineered by Monsanto to resist the corn rootworm insect, despite claims that positive safety assessments had been received from the EFSA.