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Biotechnology Briefs

Fewer genetically engineered crop lines were authorized in the European Union last year compared with previous years, and there has been no improvement in the time it takes to approve a product, says the trade association EuropaBio. In its latest update ( http://bit.ly/13PqzIS ) on the status of EU biotech registrations, the trade association notes that it still takes an average of 45 months to grant approval for import and food and feed uses. It takes longer to move stacked products through the system, because the EU does not start the evaluation until the individual trait assessments have been completed, EuropaBio adds.

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