Complaint against the authorisation of SmartStax fails for formal reasons
Munich / Luxembourg 14.2. 2014. In the case brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) against the decision to authorise the genetically engineered soybean Intacta, Monsanto, the UK government and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have now filed their observations. Together with two other organisations, Testbiotech started legal proceedings in 2013 to oppose an EU Commission decision to authorise the soybean for import and usage in food & feed. Monsanto, EFSA and the UK government then joined the court case in support of the EU Commission.
Testbiotech made a first meta-analysis of some of the data on genetically engineered maize 1507 submitted by industry to authorities in the EU, the US, Australia and New Zealand for their approval procedures. Correct data on the Bt content of the plants is a fundamental prerequisite for a reliable environmental risk assessment of these plants. However the assessment and comparison of the data has revealed huge variations in the amounts of Bt toxin in the plants, and further shows that 1507 maize plants are neither sufficiently homogenous nor predictable.
Testbiotech, GeneWatch UK and the Pesticide Action Network (PAN), Europe today are publishing a detailed report on the herbicide 2,4-D. Several applications for import into the EU of genetically engineered plants being made resistant against 2,4-D are currently pending. Some of these plants have been engineered to be resistant to several herbicides at once. Especially in the US these plants being resistant to 2,4-D are close to being allowed for commercial cultivation.
Today, Testbiotech is publishing a new report on future developments in agro-biotechnology and genetic engineering. It focuses on genetically engineered organisms pending for market authorisation in the EU and those that are in the pipeline and might soon be on the market. Special attention has been given to new genome technologies. Furthermore, it includes a discussion of the potential influence of the planned free trade agreement (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, TTIP) on the authorisation of new genetically engineered organisms for use in agriculture and food production. The report was written for Martin Häusling from the Green Group in European Parliament.