BRUSSELS, BELGIUM — The European Commission on Nov. 30 approved MIR604, a bioengineered maize type from Basel, Switzerland-based Syngenta Seeds S.A.S. The move paves the way for imports of soybean and soymeal from the United States, which have been on hold since this past summer when more than 200,000 tonnes were denied entry to the E.U. because they contained traces of unapproved genetically modified organisms. The MIR604 maize received a positive safety assessment from the European Food Safety Authority after E.U. member states failed to return a qualified majority decision for or against the authorization in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health. The authorization is valid for 10 years, and any products produced from MIR604 maize will be subject to the E.U.’s labeling and traceability rules.
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