EU OK’s Monsanto Corn

Monsanto Co. received European Union (EU) authorization of two of its corn technologies, YieldGard VT Pro and YieldGard VT Rootworm/Roundup Ready (RR) 2.

The decision covers the import, processing, and food and feed use of these products.The final step in the approval process will be the publication of the decision by the European Commission. These approvals follow the European Food Safety Authority’s positive opinions on the safety of the products in December 2008 for YieldGard VT Pro and April 2009 for YieldGard VT Rootworm/RR2.

Monsanto says its YieldGard VT corn technologies deliver important benefits to growers by helping to increase yields while using fewer inputs, thus contributing to greater sustainability in agriculture.

“We welcome the Commission’s decision to follow the independent scientific advice of the European Food Safety Authority,” notes Jerry Hjelle, Monsanto’s vice president of Global Regulatory. “These approvals will enable farmers in North and South America to improve productivity in a more sustainable manner. Moreover, these authorizations will provide market access for these products needed by European livestock producers. We hope for timely EU approvals for other existing and pipeline products.”

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