The European Commission announced on 22 July that it had authorised three GM soyabeans for food and feed use in the EU including Monsanto’s Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soyabeans.

Monsanto said its new GM soyabean would be the industry’s first biotech product with tolerance to both glyphosate and dicamba herbicides, offering farmers “more consistent, flexible weed control, especially tough-to-manage and glyphosate-resistant weeds”.

The commission authorised Monsanto’s MON 87708 x MON 89788, MON 87705 x MON 89788 and Bayer Crop Science’s FG 72, “all of which have gone through a comprehensive authorisation procedure, including a favourable scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)” the EC said in a statement.

The authorisations – which do not cover planting in the EU – are now valid for 10 years and any products produced from these GMOs will be subject to the EU labelling and traceability rules.

Chinese approval for Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soya was announced in February and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) review was in its final stages, Monsanto said.

“With both the EU and Chinese import approvals and the EPA in the final stages of review, Monsanto can now look to a full system launch in the USA in 2017,” Monsanto said in a press release. A full introduction was also planned for Canada next year following previous regulatory approval.