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Indonesia Seeks Comment on Food Safety Assessment of GM Soybean

October 15, 2010

Transgenic soybean line GTS 40-3-2, with broad-spectrum glyphosate containing herbicides tolerance and MON 89788, with Glyphosate herbicide tolerance were found to be safe for food and consumption says the report on the food safety assessment of genetically modified (GM) products based on the regulation of the National Agency of Drug and Food Control number HK.00.05.23.3541 Year 2008 on Guidelines for Food Safety Assessment of Genetic Engineering Products (PRG) on transgenic soybean.

The GTS 40-3-2 soybean line was created through direct DNA transformation by microparticle bombardment of plant cells with DNA-coated gold particles. The plasmid used for transformation contained the EPSPS encoding gene from the common soil bacterium, Agrobacterium sp. CP4. Meanwhile MON 89788 was genetically modified using recombinant DNA techniques to introduce the CP4 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (cp4 epsps) coding sequence derived from the common soil bacterium Agrobacterium sp. strain CP4.

Summary results of Food Safety Assessment of MON 89034 and NK603 (in Bahasa) can be downloaded at http://www.indonesiabch.org/docs/Ringkasan-GTS4032.pdf and http://www.indonesiabch.org/docs/Ringkasan-MON89788.pdf. The Indonesia Biosafety Clearing House invites the public to comment, input, and submit suggestions about the genetically engineered products (PRG) via http://indonesiabch.org/komentar/nk603/. For information on biotechnology in Indonesia, contact Dewi Suryani of IndoBIC at catleyavanda@gmail.com.