12 September 1997
Austria refuses to take GM maize order lying down

Austria is considering suing the European Commission (EC) after it was told to lift its import bans on genetically altered maize. It is also contemplating defying the ban leaving the Commission with the option of filing charges. Italy and Luxembourg were also ordered to lift their bans.

The EC said it would conduct further studies to see whether the maize would enhance resistance against parasites. It said Austria had not provided any new scientific evidence that would justify a ban. The Commission approved the Novartis maize in January.

  • Financial Times 12/09/97 page 2