Although France had previously banned Monsanto’s genetically modified corn, YieldGard, from being grown in the country, Europe’s food safety agency, EFSA, rejected the ban on the grounds that it was not based on any specific scientific evidence.
“Based on the documentation submitted by France, there is no specific scientific evidence, in terms of risk to human and animal health or the environment,” EFSA said in a scientific opinion issued on its Web site.
Although it is unclear what steps will be taken next, France could be asked to raise its ban on MON810. The issue came to light when it was claimed that new scientific evidence was raised to justify the ban. The new evidence came to light after France’s top administrative court in November overturned a government order banning the GM crop.
As of January, Monsanto said it had no intention to sell GM maize in France, citing that the market was not ready.