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EFSA Publishes Scientific Opinion on Three‐Event Stack Cotton GHB614 × LLCotton25 × MON 15985

April 25, 2018

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms has published the Scientific Opinion on the safety of insect resistant and herbicide tolerant genetically modified (GM) cotton GHB614 × LLCotton25 × MON15985 (Unique Identifier BCS‐GHØØ2‐5 × ACS‐GHØØ1‐3 × MON‐15985‐7). The scientific opinion is published based on the application EFSA‐GMO‐NL‐2011‐94 under Regulation (EC) No. 1829/2003 from Bayer CropScience AG.

The scope of the application EFSA‐GMO‐NL‐2011‐94 is for import, processing, and food and feed uses of cotton GHB614 × LLCotton25 × MON15985 within the European Union (EU) but excludes cultivation in the EU.

The EFSA GMO Panel previously assessed the three single events and did not identify safety concerns. No new data on the single events that could lead to modification of the original conclusions on their safety were identified. The EFSA GMO Panel concluded that the combination of the single events and of the newly expressed proteins in the three‐event stack cotton did not give rise to food and feed safety or nutritional issues. The three-event stack cotton is as safe and as nutritious as its non-GM comparator.

For more details, read the scientific opinion in the EFSA Journal.