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European Council agrees to allow member states to restrict or ban cultivation of GMOs

9:31 AM MDT | June 12, 2014 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Council has reached agreement that provides for a two-step procedure enabling European member states to restrict or even ban the cultivation of authorized genetically-modified organisms (GMO) on their respective territories, the European...


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DuPont, Kolon settle Kevlar trade secrets case

DuPont and textile company Kolon Industries (Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea) today reached an agreement settling a legal dispute over Kolon’s alleged infringement of DuPont’s patent for Kevlar para-aramid fiber. Under the settlement, Kolon will pay...

FDA taking a closer look at over-the-counter antiseptics

The US FDA today issued a proposed rule requesting additional scientific data to support the safety and effectiveness of certain active ingredients used in over-the-counter health-care antiseptics. “Based on new scientific information and concerns...

ECHA calls for evidence on uses of phthalate in articles, preparation for restriction

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) and the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (DEPA; Copenhagen) have announced that they will jointly investigate the need for a restriction on the placing on the market of articles containing any of four...

European Parliament approves proposal on biofuels and indirect land-use change

The European Parliament today accepted a proposal on a directive relating to the biofuels and indirect land-use change (ILUC). The compromise text was proposed in March by the European Council, the institution of the heads of state or government of the member...

TSCA reform bill heads to Senate floor

Reform of the outdated US chemical management policy took a step closer to a full Senate vote, as the bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act passed through the Senate Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee. A vote before the full...

Syngenta receives EPA approval for Acuron corn herbicide

Syngenta announced today that it has received US EPA approval for its breakthrough corn herbicide, Acuron. The first sales of the product to US growers will take place this year. In the US herbicide resistance, notably to glyphosate, is increasing with...

BIO welcomes European approval of GMOs, but criticizes proposal to give European states a greater say

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO; Washington) says that it welcomes the European Commission’s recent decision to approve several genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for use in food and feed products, but opposes what it describes as a...

USITC votes to continue PET dumping investigation

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) on 23 April has instructed the US Department of Commerce to continue an investigation into imports of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin from Canada, China, India, and Oman. DAK Americas, M&G Chemicals, and Nan Ya Plastics requested the investigation on 10 March, charging that dumped imports of PET resin have damaged their business....

European Commission authorizes GMOs for food/feed use

The European Commission has today adopted a number of authorizations for the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for food/feed applications. The authorizations include ten that are new, 7 renewals of existing authorizations, and two authorization for...

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