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Norway allows import of genetically-modified maize for food

OSLO, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- In a big shift from the position held by the previous government, the current Norwegian government will open the door for genetically-modified maize to be imported for food, the Norwegian news agency NTB reported on Wednesday.

But it is not allowed to cultivate the controversial corn in Norway.

This type of genetically-modified maize "poses no unacceptable risk to the environment or Norwegian consumers," Norwegian Environment Minister Tine Sundtoft was quoted as saying.

For years, environmental groups and agricultural organizations in Norway have fought against allowing genetically-modified organisms into this Nordic countries.

Currently, maize from the multinational Monsanto is allowed to be imported for making fish feed in Norway.

Nineteen different genetically-modified feed ingredients can be used through an exemption from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority.

But many fish feed producers in Norway have chosen not to use them, the report said.

The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety concluded that the type of corn is safe.

Norway's Environment Agency and the FSA also recommend the government to give approval for import.

The second maize type, if approved, comes from Bayer CropScience.

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