The European Commission has authorised the placing on the market of the genetically modified maize 1507. The authorisation covers the import and processing of this GMO, including its use in animal feed.

The maize has been modified to make it resistant to certain pests and for tolerance to the herbicide glufosinate-ammonium. This decision is valid for ten years and results from an application submitted by the company Pioneer/Mycogen Seeds. An authorisation for use as food is still under examination.

The Commission said the 1507 maize has been subject to a rigorous pre-market risk assessment and has been deemed as safe as any conventional maize by the European Food Safety Authority. Robust post-marketing rules will ensure that the product can be traced and monitored when put on the market.