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Advisory reports 24.11.2016

Import and processing of genetically modified cotton GHB614 x T304-40 x GHB119

(CGM/161124-01)
  • The present application (EFSA/GMO/NL/2014/122) concerns import and processing of genetically modified (GM) cotton GHB614 x T304-40 x GHB119 for use in feed and food;GHB614 x T304-40 x GHB119 was produced by conventional crossbreeding of the parental GM lines GHB614, T304-40 and GHB119;
  • COGEM advised positively on import and processing of all three parental lines;
  • Cotton GHB614 x T304-40 x GHB119 expresses the 2m epsps, bar, cry1Ab and cry2Ae genes;
  • GHB614 x T304-40 x GHB119 is resistant to certain lepidopteran insects and is tolerant to glyphosate and glufosinate-ammonium containing herbicides;
  • The molecular characterisation of parental lines GHB614, T304-40 and GHB119 has been updated and meets the criteria of COGEM;
  • In the Netherlands, cultivation of cotton is not possible and feral cotton populations do not occur;
  • In the Netherlands, wild relatives of cotton are not present, so hybridisation with other species is not possible;
  • There are no reasons to assume that the introduced traits allow GM cotton GHB614 x T304-40 x GHB119 to survive in the Dutch environment;
  • Import and processing of GM cotton GHB614 x T304-40 x GHB119 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.