Monsanto wins EU OK for new corn seed

Oct. 27, 2004 at 3:06 PM
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ST. LOUIS, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Monsanto officials gave somewhat faint praise to a European Commission move to clear the use of genetically modified corn in food products.

The commission action broadens an approval granted three months ago to the world's largest biotech crop supplier, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The genetically modified corn, called Roundup Ready NK603, contains a transplanted gene that helps it tolerate Monsanto's Roundup herbicide.

The European Commission, the EU's chief administrative body, didn't approve the planting of the Roundup-resistant corn plant within the EU in its Tuesday decision.

Monsanto called the commission decision largely symbolic.

"We remain hopeful that this decision is a signal" that the European Union "and its member states are serious about ending the moratorium on biotech approvals," said Kerry Preete, Monsanto vice president of U.S. crop protection.

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