Processing Magazine

Honey Made Near Monsanto GM Maize May Face EU Limits

February 10, 2011

Bloomberg reports that beekeepers with hives close to fields of Monsanto Co.’s genetically modified maize can’t sell their honey in the European Union without regulatory approval. The unintentional presence in honey even of a minute quantity of pollen from the maize is sufficient reason to restrict its sale. The Luxembourg-based EU tribunal follows such advice most of the time. Rulings normally follow within six months of an opinion. EU rules require prior authorization before genetically modified goods can be put on the market. The bloc’s 27 nations are split over the safety of food produced from genetically modified crops. This is slowing EU permission to grow them and has prompted complaints by the U.S. and other trade partners.