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Crop Biotech Update

EFSA Publishes Scientific Opinion for Market Release of GM Cotton GHB119

October 26, 2016

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO Panel) has published the Scientific Opinion on the safety of genetically modified insect resistant and herbicide tolerant cotton GHB119 (Unique Identifier BCS-GHØØ5-8). Application EFSA-GMO-NL-2011-96 was submitted by Bayer CropScience AG, and the scope is for import, processing, and food and feed uses of cotton GHB119 within the European Union (EU), but excludes cultivation in the EU.

Cotton GHB119 was developed by Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation. It expresses the Cry2Ae and phosphinothricin acetyltransferase (PAT) proteins which, respectively, confer resistance to certain lepidopteran species, and tolerance to glufosinate ammonium-based herbicides. The GMO Panel evaluated cotton GHB119 with reference to the scope and appropriate principles described in its guidelines for the risk assessment of GM plants.

The GMO Panel concludes that cotton GHB119 is as safe and nutritious as its conventional counterpart. The GMO Panel considers that post-market monitoring of food/feed derived from cotton GHB119 is not necessary, given the absence of safety concerns identified.

For more details, read the Scientific Opinion in the EFSA Journal.