Biotech Companies Wary of Brexit Threat to EU Crop Approvals

Oct. 20, 2017, 11:20 AM

Bayer Crop Science, Monsanto Europe, Syngenta Crop Protection and other biotechnology companies could find it harder to secure EU authorizations for genetically engineered crops once the U.K. leaves the bloc in 2019.

The U.K. government consistently votes in favor of genetically modified crops when authorizations are being decided at EU level. Companies fear Brexit could disrupt the balance when EU countries vote, making it less likely authorizations will be granted.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service flagged the issue at a briefing last month. It said political changes in the EU, including Brexit, were ...

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