UK helps to block EC approval of genetically engineered corn

The UK's vote has proved instrumental in the first rejection of an application to market a genetically engineered product in the EC. Ciba-Geigy will not be allowed to market a herbicide-resistant corn, largely because of concern that it may also promote resistance to a common antibiotic. Meanwhile, the European Commission has launched a review of the 1990 Directive which regulates deliberate releases of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to the environment. Early discussions indicate plans for significant deregulation.

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