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EFSA: GM Maize Safe

April 13, 2012

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found that Monsanto's MON810 maize has no adverse effects on human health or the environment, based on data from the 2010 growing season.

The top European regulators scientific opinion on Post-Market Environmental Monitoring (PMEM)  report for 2010 concluded that MON810 has no adverse effects on human and animal health, or the environment. EFSA's Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO Panel) also said that the outcomes of the PMEM report corroborate EFSA's previous findings in its assessment of MON810 maize for the 2009 growing season.

The report said that "from the data submitted by the applicant in its 2010 monitoring report, the EFSA GMO Panel does not identify adverse effects on the environment, human and animal health due to maize MON810 cultivation during the 2010 growing season."

The full EFSA Scientific Opinion can be found here: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/2610.htm