17 November 2000
GM maize hearing adjourned

By FWi staff

A HEARING to decide if genetically modified maize can be registered for sale in the UK has been adjourned until further notice.

The hearing was set up to consider whether Chardon LL GM herbicide-tolerant forage maize should be added to the National Seed List.

But earlier this month the case to clear Chardon LL suffered a blow when it emerged that it was not tested to European Union standards.

The French government said Chardon LL was only officially tested for one year, instead of the two required, and UK authorities called for an adjournment.

Now the Ministry of Agriculture has announced that hearing chairman after Alun Alesbury has decided to adjourn the hearing.

Mr Alesbury said he made the decision “after giving due consideration to all of the points made in oral and written representations”.

He has undertaken to give adequate notice before the resumption of the Hearing and has provided an address for communications during adjournment.

The hearing had reconvened on Wednesday, 15 November in Manchester to consider the views of the parties about adjournment.

Being placed on the National Seed List is the final regulatory hurdle before a seed variety can be grown commercially in the UK.