The Standing Committee on genetically modified food and feed & environmental risk is the body responsible for evaluating the applications from bio-engineering companies to grow genetically modified (GM) food on a monthly basis. Member states have an opportunity to provide their feedback and discuss the implementation and cultivation of GMOs. In May of 2014 the summary of proceedings from the European Union GMO standing committee confirms that Monsanto, the global biotechnology company that produces most of the genetically modified organisms on the market, has withdrawn 8 GMO cultivation applications in 2013-2014.
The applications withdrawn include the following:
Austria has consistently objected as a member state to the introduction of genetically modified organisms without evaluating the risk involved.
Other summaries from the standing committee include the following:
The French request to the European Commission to ban the cultivation of MON 810 on the European Union market was denied. The scientific justification presented was based on a risk to certain non-targeted species and the development of resistance in target organisms. The Chair of the European Commission informed France that they have no intention of adopting France’s suggestion.
A number of European member states have informed the Commission that Bt63 rice had been detected in some lots of choline chloride 60% corn cob feed additive. Three notifications were submitted to the European Commission’s RASFF (Food and Safety Feed System alert system), two by France and one by Belgium.