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Advisory reports 31.07.2017

Renewal of the authorisation for import of feed of genetically modified 1507xNK603 maize

(CGM/170731-02)
  • The present application (EFSA/GMO/RX/008) concerns the renewal of the authorisation for import and processing for use in feed and food of genetically modified 1507xNK603 maize;
  • Maize 1507xNK603 has previously been authorised for import and processing in 2007;
  • COGEM has advised positively on the import and processing (2005), and on the cultivation (2006) of 1507xNK603;
  • Maize 1507xNK603 produces the CP4 EPSPS and PAT proteins conferring tolerance to glyphosate and glufosinate-ammonium containing herbicides, and the Cry1F protein conferring resistance to certain lepidopteran insects;
  • In the Netherlands, feral maize populations have never been observed and the appearance of volunteers is rare;
  • In the Netherlands, wild relatives of maize have never been observed and hybridisation of maize with other species is therefore not possible;
  • The updated bioinformatic analyses of 1507xNK603 maize meet the criteria of COGEM;
  • There are no indications that the introduced traits alter the fitness of 1507xNK603 maize;
  • The updated bioinformatic analyses, literature review and monitoring reports do not give any indication of a potential environmental risk;
  • COGEM is of the opinion that import and processing of 1507xNK603 maize 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.