Crop Biotech Update

EFSA: GM Soybean 305423 is as Safe as its Conventional Counterpart

January 15, 2014

The Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA GMO Panel) has released a scientific opinion that genetically-modified (GM) soybean 305423 is safe as its conventional counterpart with respect to potential effects on human and animal health; and the environment.

The EFSA GMO Panel compared the compositional, agronomic, and phenotypic characteristics of soybean 305423 with its conventional counterpart and non-GM reference soybean varieties. They then assessed all statistically significant differences between soybean 305423 and its conventional counterpart. In conclusion, the EFSA GMO Panel considers that the information available for soybean 305423 addresses the scientific issues indicated by the Guidance document of the EFSA GMO Panel and the scientific comments raised by the Member States of the European Union, and that soybean 305423 is as safe as its conventional counterpart.

For more information, visit http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/3499.htm.