|June 17, 2004,
as reported by just-food.com: Monsanto’s
Roundup Ready canola suffers the fate of a hung jury as
it was unable to secure a majority of a scientific panel
needed for its approval. The genetically modified will
now have to go before the EU ministers in its quest to
be approved for import and sale in the EU.
The denial comes despite the recent lifting by the
EU of its unofficial six-year moratorium on approving
new genetically modified organisms
The experts could not secure a majority either for
or against the approval of Monsanto’s Roundup
Ready canola, engineered to withstand the company’s
weedkiller, reported the Associated Press.
Last month the EU approved a variety of genetically
modified sweetcorn made by Swiss biotech giant Syngenta.
The maize was approved for import and sale in the EU,
but not for cultivation.
As with Syngenta’s Bt-11 maize, Monsanto’s
canola will now go before EU ministers, who will have
three months to reach a decision on approval. If they
too remain deadlocked, the decision will be passed to
the European Commission.
"We're disappointed that the EU member states
failed to reach a decision despite the fact that the
European food safety authority has already issued a
positive opinion," Monsanto spokesman Bryan Hurley
was quoted by AP as saying.