EU experts clash on approving GMO cotton, soybean

BRUSSELS, Feb 12 (Reuters) - European Union biotech experts failed to agree on Tuesday on authorising two genetically modified (GMO) products, one soybean and one cotton type, passing the decision onto EU farm ministers, the European Commission said.

Both products are marketed by German drugs and chemicals group Bayer BAYG.DE, which has requested EU approval for import and processing for general use in food and animal feed.

They would not be for cultivation in Europe’s fields.

Experts representing the EU’s 27 national governments failed to reach the consensus needed in the EU weighted voting system either to approve or reject the application, the European Commission said in a statement. Under EU law, the paperwork now goes to EU ministers for a final decision.

If the ministers fail to take a decision within three months, the Commission -- the EU’s executive arm -- usually issues its own authorisation under a legal default process. (Reporting by Jeremy Smith)