Additional advice on import and processing of genetically modified cotton MON15985
Genetically modified cotton line MON15985 contains the two genes cry1A and cry2Ab2 that confer resistance to certain butterfly species. In addition, it contains the two genes nptII and uidA, which allow for the selection of transformed plants.
In 2008, COGEM advised positively on the import and processing of MON15985. COGEM was of the opinion that the proposed import and processing of the genetically modified cotton line MON15985 does not pose a significant risk to the environment in the Netherlands.
Recently, the EFSA issued a positive opinion on the import and processing of cotton MON15985. In response to the publication of the EFSA opinion, COGEM sees no reason to revise its previous advice.
In conclusion, COGEM is of the opinion that the import and processing of genetically modified cotton line MON15985 poses negligible risks to the environment in the Netherlands.