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COGEM: No Risk in Import and Processing of GM Maize Bt11

February 13, 2019

The Netherlands Commission on Genetic Modification (COGEM) was asked to comment on the renewal of the license for import and processing GM maize event, Bt11. Bt11 was approved for import in 1998, which was renewed in 2010 and allowed for a period of 10 years. COGEM released positive comments on both applications.

The current application for renewal includes an updated molecular characterization, a recent literature review, and the results of the post-market environmental monitoring conducted since 2009. These additional data do not show any risks of the GM maize event for people and the environment. Thus, COGEM concluded that there is negligible risk in importing and processing Bt11 for people and the environment.

Read the advice from COGEM in Dutch.