EU Ministers Stall Approval of Biotech Corn

Corn borer and corn rootworm resistance hybrid fails to muster needed votes for approval. Compiled by staff 

Published on: Dec 6, 2005

Friday European Union government ministers failed to agree on allowing a biotech corn variety for import as animal feed. The decision now goes to the European Commission for final approval.

Ministers voted 14 to eight to reject a new Monsanto hybrid that provides resistance to the corn borer and corn rootworm pests.

The hybrid is one of a handful of varieties seeking approval after last year's end to a six-year moratorium on the use of biotechnology. U.S., Canada and Argentina continue to complain that the EU is unscientific approval and inhibits trade.