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Advisory reports 28.06.2013

Import of genetically modified soybean DAS-44406-6 with three herbicide tolerance traits

(CGM/130627-01)

The present application (EFSA/GMO/NL/2012/106) concerns import and processing for use in feed and food of the genetically modified soybean line DAS-44406-6. Cultivation is not part of this application.
Soybean DAS-44406-6 was generated by Rhizobium mediated transformation of the conventional soybean cultivar ‘Maverick’ and expresses the 2mepsps, aad-12 and pat genes. As a result, soybean DAS-44406-6 is tolerant to glyphosate, 2,4-D and glufosinate-ammonium containing herbicides.
In Europe, there are no wild relatives of soybean and therefore, hybridisation with other species is not possible. Soybean does not possess any of the attributes commonly associated with problematic weeds such as seed shattering, dormancy and cold resistance. Establishment of feral soybean populations has never been observed in Europe.
The molecular characterization of DAS-44406-6 soybean meets the criteria of COGEM. COGEM considers the General Surveillance plan adequate for import of DAS-44406-6, although there are some aspects of the General Surveillance plan that could be improved.
In conclusion, COGEM is of the opinion that import and processing of soybean line DAS-44406-6 poses a negligible risk to the environment. COGEM abstains from giving advice on the potential risks of incidental consumption since a food/feed assessment is already carried out by other organisations.