Crop Biotech Update

EFSA Releases Scientific Opinion on Continued Marketing of GM Cotton

March 30, 2012

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) released the scientific opinion on the continued marketing of insect resistant and herbicide tolerant cotton (MON 531 × MON 1445)  for food and feed use. Results of the risk assessment showed that there were no biologically relevant differences in the compositional, phenotypic, and agronomic characteristics of GM cotton compared to its conventional counterpart. No safety issues were found in terms of the toxicity and allergenicity of food and feed products derived from the GM cotton. EFSA did not require a post-market environmental monitoring plan for the GM cotton.

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