E.U. postpones vote on latest GM-corn application

September 21, 2004, as reported by just-food.com: The decision to open its borders to genetically modified seeds continues to be a difficult one for the European Union as another approval meeting ends in indecision. This time the group had hoped to vote on Monsanto’s application for MON 863 maize.

An official at the European Commission was quoted by Reuters saying the vote was postponed, "because several member states wanted more clarification. There will be another meeting when they have more information."

There wasn't a formal vote and not enough for or against the approval, the official also reported to Reuters. This distinction is important because once a vote is taken, a qualified majority is needed to either approve or reject an application. If the voting is too close, the application could pass to ministers, who would then have three months to agree before passing the decision back to the European Commission.

Monsanto’s application for MON 863 maize is for use as animal feed, rather than for cultivation or human food, reported Reuters.

The EU has already ended its unofficial ban on GM foods with the approval of another type of GM maize.

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