|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
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.