The European Commission has approved the import of a strain of genetically modified (GM) soybean. The bean, which bears the moniker A25704-12, was developed by a German biotechnology firm and is now authorised to be brought into Europe to be used in food or animal feed for the next ten years. The decision was taken by the Commission after EU Member States failed to reach an agreement on the subject. The Commission has given its approval following the opinion of the European Food Safety Authority, which found in August 2007 that the soybean is unlikely to have any adverse effect on human or animal health or on the environment. The Commission has also stressed that any product generated from this GM soybean will be subject to the European Union’s labelling and traceability rules.