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Advisory reports 18.04.2017

Import and processing of genetically modified soybean DAS-68416-4xMON89788-1 with three herbicide tolerance traits

(CGM/170418-01)
  • The present application (EFSA/GMO/NL/2013/115) concerns the authorisation for import and processing for use in feed and food of genetically modified (GM) soybean DAS-68416-4xMON89788-1;
  • GM soybean DAS-68416-4xMON89788-1 expresses the cp4 epsps, pat and aad-12 genes conferring tolerance to glyphosate, glufosinate-ammonium and aryloxyalkanoate containing herbicides;
  • GM soybean DAS-68416-4xMON89788-1 was produced by conventional crossbreeding of DAS-68416-4 and MON89788-1;
  • COGEM advised positively on import and processing of both parental lines;
  • In the Netherlands, feral soybean populations do not occur and hybridisation of soybean with other species is not possible;
  • The molecular characterisation of DAS-68416-4xMON89788-1 has been updated and meets the criteria of COGEM;
  • There are no reasons to assume that the introduced traits will allow GM soybean DAS-68416-4xMON89788-1 to survive in the Dutch environment;
  • There are no indications that the introduced traits altered the fitness of soybean DAS-68416-4xMON89788-1;
  • The updated molecular characterisation does not give any indication of a potential environmental risk;
  • COGEM is of the opinion that import and processing of soybean DAS-68416-4xMON89788-1 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.