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EU about to vote on market application of four types of genetically engineered soybeans - Warning on risks to the food chain

Brussels, 16 January 2012. Tomorrow, in a new appeal committee procedure, the EU member states will vote on market applications for four types of genetically engineered soybeans and their usage in food and feed.

New discussion on the negative consequences of large-scale Bt maize cultivation

12.01.2012 - A recent article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management by Hutchison et al (2011) discussed a Testbiotech report published in 2010 (commissioned by Greenpeace Germany): New plant pest caused by genetically engineered corn: The spread of the western bean cutworm causes massive damage in the US (Then, 2010a). Hutchison et al (2011) are criticising this report because they are of the opinion that genetically engineered maize should not be regarded as the sole factor that influenced the range expansion of the western bean cutworm.

Database on the risks of genetically engineered crop plants

Testbiotech offers overview of EU authorisations
Thursday, 15 December 2011

Testbiotech is today publishing a database designed to give an overview of the risks associated with genetically engineered plants allowed for marketing in the European Union, or being about to be authorised soon. The current version of the database, called PlantGeneRisk, gives an overview of thirteen genetically engineered crops, four soy plants and nine maize plants. Ten of these plants already have EU authorisation for use, import and usage in food and feed, one of them is also allowed for cultivation.

European Ombudsman demands EFSA admit failure

European Food Safety Authority official moved to biotech industry
Thursday, 8 December 2011
Munich/ Brussels

The European Ombudsman has ruled in favour of a complaint filed by Testbiotech against the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and its approach to the 'revolving doors'. The case concerns a former senior staff member at EFSA, Dr. Suzy Renckens, who was head of the unit responsible for the risk assessment of genetically engineered plants. Dr Renckens then moved to a job at Syngenta, a company that produces and markets these plants.


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