EFSA Releases Scientific Opinion on Six-Event GM Maize

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO Panel) has published the Scientific Opinion on the safety of six-event stack genetically modified (GM) maize Bt11 × MIR162 × MIR604 × 1507 × 5307 × GA21 and its subcombinations independently of their origin. The scientific opinion is published based on the application EFSA‐GMO‐DE‐2011‐103 under Regulation (EC) No. 1829/2003 from Syngenta Crop Protection AG.

The scope of application EFSA‐GMO‐DE‐2011‐103 is for food and feed uses, import and processing in the European Union of the GM herbicide‐tolerant insect‐resistant maize Bt11 × MIR162 × MIR604 × 1507 × 5307 × GA21 and all its subcombinations independently of their origin. The GMO Panel has previously assessed the six single events and 22 of their subcombinations and did not identify safety concerns. No new data on the single events or their 22 combinations that could lead to modification of the original conclusions on their safety were identified. The GMO Panel concludes that the six‐event stack maize is as safe as and nutritionally equivalent to its non‐GM comparator and the non‐GM reference varieties tested.

For more details, read the scientific opinion in the EFSA Journal.


This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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