Wed Feb 12, 2014 08:23 AM CST

BRUSSELS (Dow Jones) -- The European Union is poised to approve the bloc's second genetically-engineered crop in 15 years.

At a ministers meeting here on Tuesday, 19 of the bloc's 28 nations opposed approving U.S.-based DuPont's crop, a corn known as 1507. But under the EU's biotech rules, that wasn't a big enough majority to prevent the EU's executive arm from approving the crop.

The EU has the world's toughest rules on growing or importing genetically-engineered crops, fueled by strong public opposition to the technology.

The rules have prompted complaints from biotech companies that the bloc is ignoring scientific evidence by barring ...

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