EU - The European Commission (EC) has authorised ten new Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) for food or feed use, including varieties of maize and soybean.
The EC also renewed seven existing authorisations and authorised imports of two GMO cut carnations.
All the GMOs approved were proved to be safe before their placing on the EU market.
These GMOs had gone through a full authorisation procedure, including a favourable scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The authorisation decisions do not cover cultivation.
The risk assessment was conducted by EFSA in collaboration with Member States for each individual GMO to be put on the market.
The GM food and feed authorisations will be added to the existing list of 58 GMOs authorised in the EU for food and feed uses (covering maize, cotton, soybean, oilseed rape, sugar beet).
The authorisations are valid for 10 years, and any products produced from these GMOs will be subject to the EU's labelling and traceability rules.
The new GMOs adopted included five soybean lines, three cotton, one maize and one oilseed rape.
The seven renewals were four cotton lines, two maize and one oilseed rape.
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