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EFSA Publishes Risk Assessment for Renewal of GM Maize Authorization

March 7, 2018

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO Panel) has released a scientific opinion on the data submitted for the renewal of authorization application of theherbicide tolerant and insect resistant genetically modified (GM) maize NK603 x MON810. The scope of the renewal application EFSA-GMO-RX-007 is for food and feed uses, import and processing, but excludes cultivation within the European Union (EU).

The GMO Panel took into account the additional information provided by the applicant, scientific comments submitted by the Member States and relevant scientific publications. The data received contained: post-market environmental monitoring reports, an evaluation of the literature retrieved by a systematic search, updated bioinformatic analyses and additional documents or studies performed by or on behalf of the applicant. These data were assessed for possible new hazards, modified exposure or new scientific uncertainties.

The GMO Panel concludes that there is no evidence in the renewal application EFSA-GMO-RX-007 for new hazards, modified exposure or scientific uncertainties that would change the conclusions of the original risk assessment on maize NK603 x MON810.

Read more in the Scientific Opinion published in the EFSA Journal.