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Advisory reports 29.09.2017

Import and processing of genetically modified cotton COT102

(CGM/170929-01)
  • The present application (EFSA/GMO/DE/2017/141) concerns the authorisation for import and processing for use in feed and food of genetically modified (GM) cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) COT102;
  • GM cotton COT102 expresses the vip3Aa19 and aph4 genes, which confer resistance against certain lepidopteran insects and against the antibiotic hygromycin B.
  • In the Netherlands, cultivation of cotton is not possible and feral cotton populations do not occur;
  • Wild relatives of cotton are not present in the Netherlands, so hybridisation with other species is not possible;
  • The molecular characterisation of cotton COT102 meets the criteria of COGEM;
  • There are no indications that the introduced traits alter the fitness of cotton COT102;
  • There is no reason to assume that the introduced traits will allow GM cotton COT102 to survive in the Dutch environment;
  • COGEM is of the opinion that import and processing of cotton COT102 poses a negligible risk to the environment in the Netherlands;
  • COGEM abstains from giving advice on the potential risks of incidental consumption since a food/feed assessment is carried out by other organisations.