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European Commission authorizes eight GMO crops for use as food and feed

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The European Commission authorized five genetically modified crops (three maize and two soybeans) and renewed the authorization for three maize crops used for food and feed. All of these GMOs have gone through a comprehensive and stringent authorization procedure, including a favorable scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The authorization decisions do not cover cultivation. 

Member States did not reach a qualified majority either in favor or against the Standing Committee and the subsequent Appeal Committee. The European Commission has therefore the legal duty to proceed with the authorizations. 

The authorizations are valid for ten years, and any product produced from these GMOs will be subject to the EU's strict labeling and traceability rules.

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