EU approves genetically modified corn


Lerato Khumalo

The EU Commission announced that two genetically modified corn crops have been licensed and that the use permit for another genetically modified corn species for food and animal feed purposes has been renewed.

The statement noted that with the Commission’s authorization decisions, genetically modified maize varieties can only be imported for use as food and animal feed, and their cultivation in the EU is not permitted.

The statement stated that the approved corn varieties have gone through a comprehensive and rigorous evaluation procedure that ensures a high level of protection for human and animal health and the environment, and it was recalled that the European Food Safety Authority has also made a positive scientific assessment concluding that genetically modified corn is as safe as its conventional counterparts.

The statement said that the permits given to the corn varieties will be valid for 10 years, and any products produced from genetically modified corn will be subject to the EU’s strict labeling and tracking rules.