Government asks for EC ban of genetically modified crops
Hungary has submitted a petition to the European Commission (EC) asking for a ban in Hungary on all genetically modified corn varieties that have production licenses or are about to receive such licenses in the European Union, the farm ministry told Hungarian news agency MTI today.
The government sent its petition on September 21, asking for the ban of eight products. Since none of the companies producing these types of corn submitted an appeal by the October 22 deadline, the EC will have to modify existing and future distribution licenses to exclude Hungary, the ministry said.
Hungary will also ask for exemptions from the EC in the future if other GMO producers request European distribution rights, the ministry said, noting that Hungaryʼs constitution stipulates that the country remain GMO-free.
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