Crop Biotech Update

EFSA Releases Assessment of New Sequencing Information for GM Cotton DAS-24236-5 × DAS-21Ø23-5

June 29, 2022

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on genetically modified organisms (GMO Panel) has published their risk assessment of new sequencing information for genetically modified (GM) stacked cotton DAS-24236-5 × DAS-21Ø23-5.

The GMO Panel has previously assessed GM cotton DAS-24236-5 × DAS-21Ø23-5 in application EFSA-GMO-NL-2005-16. The new assessment looks into new sequencing information received for the GM cotton event DAS-24236-5 × DAS-21Ø23-5 and their potential impact on the previous risk assessment and conclusions of the GMO Panel.

The GMO Panel assessed the new sequencing information on the basis of Articles 9 and 21 of Regulation (EC) 1829/2003 and the additional information provided. This is the first time that the sequences of events DAS-24236-5 and DAS-21Ø23-5 from the GM stacked cotton DAS-24236-5 × DAS-21Ø23-5 are reported. On February 21, 2020, and October 27, 2020, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) verified and concluded that the sequencing methodology of DAS-24236-5 and DAS-21Ø23-5 in the GM stacked cotton DAS-24236-5 × DAS-21Ø23-5 complies with the requirements of the updated JRC Guideline for the submission of DNA sequences within the framework of Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003.

The GMO Panel concludes that the corrected sequence does not give rise to any safety concerns, and therefore, the original risk assessment of cotton DAS-24236-5 × DAS-21Ø23-5 remains valid.

For more details about GM cotton DAS-24236-5 × DAS-21Ø23-5, read the assessment in the EFSA Journal.

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