Crop Biotech Update

EFSA Releases Risk Assessment of Information on Subcombination of Events of Four-trait Maize Event

March 29, 2017

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on GMO previously evaluated the single trait events Bt11, MIR162, MIR604, and GA21 as well as different stacked events with combination of the said events. EFSA found that these events are as safe as their conventional counterparts. For the event Bt11 x MIR162 x MIR604 x GA21, EFSA also assessed the subcombination of these events, including those with limited or without experimental data provided by the developers. In 2016, the European Commission received information from Syngenta about the subcombination Bt11 x MIR162. Thus, the Commission tasked EFSA to evaluate the information and determine if they have an effect on the previously issued opinion on Bt11 x MIR162 x MIR604 x GA21 and its subcombinations. Results of the EFSA evaluation show that the new information on Bt11 x MIR162 does not change the scientific opinion on the four-trait event that has been previously released.

Read more information from the EFSA Journal.