Top European scientists say there is no new scientific evidence to justify banning certain GMOs in Upper Austria.
Meeting under the auspices of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the GMO scientific panel - recently set up by the EFSA - decided that there was no new public health or environment related evidence that would justify a different approach in Upper Austria than for the rest of the EU.
The European Commission had called on the EFSA to investigate new evidence from Upper Austria related to GMOs following a move by the government of Upper Austria to introduce a draft new law that would ban GM seeds, transgenic animals for breeding, and the release of transgenic animals.
"It became clear that there was no requirement to make any changes to the overall EU approach to GMO risk assessment on the basis of the evidence presented," said EFSA executive director, Geoffrey Podger.
At the same time he confirmed the EFSAs's position as "fully committed to careful scrutiny of biotechnology issues in order to protect the safety of the European public".