Syngenta's unauthorised GM traits get past European regulatory system
Authorisation process needs overhaul, say European Greens
Six maize varieties produced by the biotech company Syngenta carry genetic modifications that were not included when the crops were authorised for import into the EU, according to new research.
The GM varieties were approved for import between 2008 and 2011, however, the additional GM traits were only notified to the European Food Safety Authority and the EU Commission by Syngenta in July 2015.
The revelations, published by the French newspaper Le Monde, led to fresh calls for an overhaul of the EU's GMO authorisation process.
In the wake of the scandal “the only responsible course of action is to introduce a moratorium on GMO approvals,” said Green food safety spokesperson Bart Staes. “There is something inherently wrong with a supposedly independent food safety authority relying solely on information provided by applicant biotech firms for assessing the risk of GMOs.”
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