EU ministers’ failure to either authorise or reject a pest-resistant GMO maize means the Commission will have to approve the product. NGOs are highlighting public mistrust in GMOs and want to tighten up clearance rules.
EU environment ministers on 2 December failed to reach the qualified majority needed to either adopt or reject a maize variety (MON 863 x MON 810) genetically modified by Monsanto SA to resist a species of corn rootworm.
“Failing a decision by the Council, it is for the Commission to adopt the proposed decision,” the UK Presidency indicated in a statement. Under existing authorisation rules, this means the maize will soon be given final approval by the Commission. This usually takes about one to three months to happen, EU Council sources indicated.