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Animal Feed Safety
on February 22, 2012

France calls for suspension of Monsanto genetically modified corn

Country claims 'significant risks for the environment'

France has asked the European Commission to suspend authorization to plant Monsanto's genetically modified MON810 corn, the only genetically modified corn approved for planting in the European Union, according to reports.

France banned the growing of MON810 corn in 2008, citing environmental risks, but the ban was overturned by France's Council of State in November 2011. According to the French government, the authorization should be suspended due to "significant risks for the environment" shown in recent scientific studies.

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