A Brazilian federal tribunal said on 12 August that it has suspended a long-standing ban on the sale of Monsanto's genetically modified Roundup Ready soybeans, reports the American Soybean Association .
With producers nearing October planting, the decision by one of the tribunal's judges, Selene Maria de Almeida, to suspend the ban until the court makes a definitive judgement could mean new sales for the biotech giant in Brazil. No date has yet been set for the judgement.
"The ban on the planting and sale of Roundup Ready, without legal or scientific basis, meant for the sixth successive crop consumers have had transgenic soy without realising it because it wasn't labelled," said Maria de Almeida in a statement, continues the ASA report.
Maria de Almeida said that scientific studies from the World Health Organisation and other international organisations showed that Roundup Ready soy was safe for human and animal consumption and for the environment.
Brazilian agriculture minister Roberto Rodrigues said that the government would study the legal move. "We are looking at the legal issues and then the technical side," he commented.