Biotech corn intercepted in Ireland
First Positive Result Since Testing Began

BRUSSELS (Dow Jones), May 25, 2005, reported by Dow Jones via The European Commission said Wednesday that Irish port authorities intercepted a batch of animal feed that contained Bt10 corn, a genetically-modified corn that is illegal in the E.U.

The test was carried out in the U.S. "and notified to Irish authorities before the ship arrived" in Europe, said E.U. spokesman Philip Tod. So far, 290 tests have been carried out, and this is the first positive one, he added.

The E.U.'s six-year ban on biotech foods ended last May when the European Commission approved a new corn developed by Syngenta. But Bt10 is still against the rules. The E.U. says it contains a gene that can make that strain of corn resistant to ampicillin, a commonly used antibiotic. U.S. food and health officials don't consider it dangerous. E.U. rules require the Commission to prevent unauthorized genetically modified products from entering Europe.