Crop Biotech Update

EFSA- Scientific Opinion on Renewal of Authorization of GM Soybean Event 40-3-2

December 10, 2010

The European Food Safety Authority has recently issued a scientific opinion on the application of Monsanto Company for renewal of authorization for the continues marketing of (1) food containing, consisting of, or produced from genetically modified (GM) soybean 40-3-2; (2) feed containing, consisting or, or produced from the GM soybean; other products containing or consisting of soybean 40-3-2, with the exception of cultivation.

The three-page document describes the coverage of the renewal and the results of the food and environmental assessments conducted, among which are: the molecular characterization data, the composition and agronomic characteristics of soybean 40-3-2 as compared to its conventional counterpart, and others.

The EFSA-GMO panel concluded that, " the information available for soybean 40-3-2 addresses the scientific comments raised by the Member States and that the soybean 40-3-2, as described in the applications, is as safe as its conventional counterpart with respect to potential effects on human and animal health and the environment in the context of its intended uses. The EFSA-GMO Panel concludes that soybean event 40-3-2 is unlikely to have any adverse effect on human and animal health and the environment, in the context of its intended uses."

The news article and accompanying dossiers can be seen at http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/scdocs/doc/s1908.pdf.