Crop Biotech Update

EFSA Releases Scientific Opinion on Five-Event Stack GM Maize

August 14, 2019

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO Panel) has published the Scientific Opinion on the safety of five-event stack genetically modified drought‐ and glyphosate‐tolerant and insect resistant maize MON 87427 × MON 87460 × MON 89034 × MIR162 × NK603 and its subcombinations independently of their origin. The Scientific Opinion is published based on the application EFSA‐GMO‐NL‐2016‐134 under Regulation (EC) No. 1829/2003 from Monsanto Company

The scope of application EFSA‐GMO‐NL‐2016‐134 is for food and feed uses, import and processing in the European Union (EU) of the genetically modified (GM) herbicide‐ and drought‐tolerant and insect‐resistant maize MON 87427 × MON 87460 × MON 89034 × MIR162 × NK603 and all its subcombinations independently of their origin. The GMO Panel has previously assessed the five single maize events and 11 of the subcombinations and did not identify safety concerns. No new data on the single maize events or the 11 subcombinations that could lead to modification of the original conclusions on their safety were identified. The GMO Panel concludes that the five‐event stack maize, as described in this application, 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.

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