BRUSSELS (Dow Jones),
May 25, 2005, reported by Dow Jones via CropChoice.com:
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.