December 8, 2003, just-food.com:
With six member nations in favor of new biotech foods and six opposed,
the European Union’s decision on whether or not to lift its
five-year moratorium on biotech foods looks to be at least another
90 days away.
Experts from EU member states disbanded in a 6-6 stalemate with
three abstentions on whether to allow the sale of Bt-11, a strain
of genetically modified sweetcorn developed by Swiss firm Syngenta,
reported Dow Jones International News.
If approved the corn will mark the first new gm-product approved
for sale in the EU in the past five years and a mark change in policy
that has been traditionally gm-leery.
Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK voted
in favor of approving the product, while Austria, Denmark, France,
Greece, Luxembourg and Portugal voted against it. Belgium, Germany
and Italy abstained.
The tied vote means that Syngenta’s application will now
be sent to EU agriculture ministers, who will have a further 90
days to consider it.