Crop Biotech Update

GM Soybean MON 87701 x MON89788 Safe for EU Import and Processing

February 24, 2012

EFSA's Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms has ruled that "the information available for soybean MON 87701 x MON 89788 already addresses the scientific comments raised by Member States and that it is safe as its comparator with respect to potential effects on human and animal health and the environment, in the context of its intended users."

The GM soybean event underwent risk assessment for consideration for food and feed uses, import and processing. It contains genes for insect resistance and herbicide (glyphosate) tolerance through conventional crossing of two soybean events MON 87701 × MON 89788. The F1 plant contains one copy of the gene or is hemizygous for the newly introduced traits.

Details of the risk assessment decisions can be seen at http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/doc/2560.pdf