Mexico City — Calling the decision unjustified, Monsanto officials announced Thursday that Mexico’s agriculture sanitation authority SENASICA revoked its permit to commercialize genetically modified soy in seven states, including Yucatán, Campeche and Quintana Roo.
Without elaborating, the U.S.-based company said it would fight the move. The permit was withdrawn on unwarranted legal and technical grounds, Monsanto said in a press statement.
In Yucatán, state officials have issued their own declaration that prohibits crops with genetically modified organisms, including GMO soy, which is incompatible with other agricultural activity such as beekeeping.
Germany, a major purchaser of Yucatecan honey, won’t order goods that had pollen from transgenic crops.
The permit had been withdrawn due to the detection of transgenic Monsanto soya in areas where it was not authorized, reports Reforma.
Monsanto rejected that argument.
The revocation also applies to Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosi, Veracruz and Chiapas and follows a 2016 legal suspension of the permit.