EU To Vote On Authorisation For GM Sweet Corn

Brussels, Nov 9: | Updated: Nov 10 2003, 05:30am hrs
The European Unions unofficial five-year moratorium on approving GM products could be brought to an end soon, with an upcoming vote on authorising imports of a type of genetically modified (GM) sweet corn.

A first decision on whether or not to approve Syngentas Bt-11 maize is likely to be taken by EU representatives at a committee meeting on November 10 or December 12.

If the EU decides to allow imports of the product, the move will be welcomed by Argentina, Canada and the US, who have filed dispute proceedings at the World Trade Organisation against the EUs refusal to authorise new GM products since 1998. Another GM product, Monsantos GA21 field corn, is likely to be voted on by the committee in the first half of next year. Even if GM products are approved in the EU, many retailers have said they will not stock GM foods due to widespread consumer opposition.

Reuters