Agricultural biotechnology developments in the EU
According to EFSA’s statement, “The Panel is no longer in a position to complete its assessment on the occurrence of adverse effects on pollinators. The Panel reassessed the available dataset on ladybirds, including the Califf and Ostrem (2009) study, and considers the latter study does not enable resolving the remaining scientific uncertainty on the potential toxicity of the binary Cry34Ab1/Cry35Ab1 proteins on Coccinella septempunctata or other ladybirds. In both cases, the Panel recommends that an additional laboratory study is performed prior to authorization.”
GM 59122 corn is approved for food and feed use in more than 40 countries around the world including the EU.
In January 2005, the applicant submitted an application for GM corn cultivation in the EU. On March 21, EFSA adopted a positive safety opinion for its cultivation; however the opinion has now become inconclusive.
Here is the link of the updated EFSA supplementary statement on GM 59122 corn cultivation application file: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/131121.htm
For more information on EU Agricultural Biotechnology, please see the GAIN EU-27 2013 Agricultural Biotechnology Annual Report
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