EU likely to import GM maize variety
To help livestock farmers secure extra supply of raw material to feed their
animals, EU regulators are likely to approve imports of a genetically modified
(GM) maize type this month.
The maize, known by its codename GA21, is marketed by Swiss agrochemicals
company Syngenta and intended for use in food and animal feed, not for growing
in Europe's fields.
The expected EU approval comes after farm ministers
fell short of a consensus agreement at a meeting in February to allow imports of
five separate GM products, one of which was GA21 maize, paving the way for
default approval by legal rubberstamp.
The EU approval is of particular
interest to grain traders in Spain and Portugal, since the modified strain may
only now be imported in processed form.
The request for EU approval by
Syngenta, one of the world's largest producers of GMO seeds, would allow GA21
imports as grain. When authorised, those imports are expected to come into EU
markets mainly from Argentina, a major GMO crop grower.
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