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Advisory reports 15.05.2017

Import and processing of genetically modified soybean DAS-81419-2xDAS-44406-6

(CGM/170515-01)
  • The present application (EFSA/GMO/NL/2016/132) concerns the authorisation for import and processing for use in feed and food of genetically modified (GM) soybean DAS-81419-2xDAS-44406-6;
  • GM soybean DAS-81419-2xDAS-44406-6 expresses the cry1Fv3, cry1Ac(synpro), pat, 2mepsps, and aad-12 genes, conferring tolerance to glyphosate, glufosinate-ammonium and 2,4D containing herbicides, and providing resistance to certain lepidopteran insects;
  • GM soybean DAS-81419-2xDAS-44406-6 was produced by conventional crossbreeding of DAS-81419-2 and DAS-44406-6;
  • COGEM advised positively on the 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-81419-2xDAS-44406-6 has been updated and meets the criteria of COGEM;
  • There are no reasons to assume that the introduced traits will allow GM soybean DAS-81419-2xDAS-44406-6 to survive in the Dutch environment;
  • There are no indications that the introduced traits alter the fitness of soybean DAS-81419-2xDAS-44406-6;
  • 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-81419-2xDAS-44406-6 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.