• Europe currently imports around 58 GM products from abroad, mostly US maize, cotton, soy bean and sugar beet.
  • With transatlantic trade talks ongoing, pressure has been mounting from the biotech industry and the US government to break open the EU market to GM imports and to speed up authorisation procedures. The possible authorisation of 17 GM crops by the commission in the next few days is a likely result of this pressure.
  • Under proposed new GM import rules seen by the Guardian, future authorisations would automatically follow approval of new strains by the European Food and Safety Agency (Efsa). Individual countries would be given a similar opt-out to the one agreed for GM cultivation in a law passed earlier this year.

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