The European Commission (EC) has approved three genetically engineered (GE) crops, according to a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) report.

The Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report on 12 April said the GE soyabean, rapeseed and cottonseed varieties were approved on 31 March for food and feed imports for 10 years.

In addition, one other cotton crop had received renewed approval for food and feed imports.

All four crops have gone through a comprehensive and stringent authorisation procedure including a favourable scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), according to the GAIN report.

The approval and renewal decisions did not cover cultivation, the report said, and all products would be subject to the European Union (EU’s) strict labelling and traceability rules.