The European Union has approved three genetically-modified corn varieties from Syngenta AG, and a biotech cotton variety from Dow Chemical Co., for food and feed use, import and processing.
The crops were approved by the European Commission, the EU's regulatory arm, after member states failed to provide a qualified majority either in favour or against the approvals, the commission said in a statement on its website.
The authorisations are valid for 10 years and will be subject to the EU's labelling and traceability rules, the commission said. The approvals do not allow for cultivation of the crops in the 27-nation bloc.
The approved Syngenta corns are MIR604 x GA 21, Bt11 x MIR604 and Bt11 x MIR604 x GA21, all of which combine insect-resistant traits with herbicide tolerance.
The Dow cotton variety authorised by the commission is 281-24-236 x 3006-210-23, which has insect resistance built in.
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