|July 30, 2004, as reported
by just-food.com: Membership may have its benefits but it
may also have its restrictions as Austria and Greece may soon find
out. Both countries currently have bans in place that block the sale
of European Union (EU) market approved genetically modified food products
but these bans may soon be overturned if the European Commission (EC)
determines member countries do not have the legal right to block the
sale of these products.
The decision was opened to legal challenge by the European Commission
after a ruling by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) determined
the GM ban was not based on “new scientific evidence, in terms
of risk to human health and the environment.”
Austria has on three occasions blocked the use and sale in its
territory of EU-approved GM maize Bt176, MON 810 and T25, and Greece
has announced a long term ban on selling and using (similarly approved)
GM spring oilseed rape Topas 19/2.