A threatened halt in deliveries of GMO-free maize from Hungary to the

European food processing industry has been averted. Hungary had blocked

exports of maize from the beginning of November, claiming a poor harvest.

The European Commission rejected this argument, saying Hungary had an

exportable surplus and was legally bound to continue deliveries. Brussels

said it would block a wine and spirits agreement with Hungary unless the ban

was lifted. A solution has now been found which will "ensure that EU maize

processors will be treated in a fair way and that existing contracts will be

honoured," said the EU Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler.

By Alan Osborn, just-food.com correspondent