Five biotech crops may no longer be able to be sold in the European Union. Tuesday EU member governments agreed to remove three strains of Bayer Ag's genetically modified oilseed rape, one strain of Syngenta AG's biotech corn and one strain of Monsanto Co.'s GM corn. All of the varieties are sold legally in the EU now, but would have to submit for reapproval by April 18 this year for their producers to keep marketing them in the EU after that date.
A statement from the EU Commission said that it is not expected the companies will seek renewal because the varieties "are no longer being used and the companies no longer have any commercial interest in them." The EU first called for the removal of the varieties in 2004.