European Union environment ministers have failed to agree on whether to approve a type of genetically modified corn made by US biotech giant Monsanto.

As the 25 ministers failed to reach an agreement, the final decision will go to the European Commission, which has already signalled its approval of the product, reported Dow Jones International News.

If approved, the NK603 corn would be allowed to be imported into the EU for ten years for use as animal feed, but could not be cultivated in the EU or used in the manufacture of human food.

The Monsanto corn has been genetically engineered to resist Monsanto's RoundUp herbicide.