Additional advice on import and processing of genetically modified maize MIR604xGA21
Recently, EFSA published her opinion for placing on the market for feed and food uses, import and processing of maize MIR604 x GA21. EFSA concluded that the import and processing of MIR604 x GA21 is unlikely to have any adverse effect on human and animal health and the environment.
Maize line MIR604 x GA21 contains the mcry3A, mepsps, and pmi genes which are constitutively expressed. As a result MIR604 x GA21 is resistant to certain coleopteran insects and tolerant to glyphosate containing herbicides. The pmi gene is used as a selective marker and enables the plant to use mannose as a sole carbon source.
The Netherlands’ Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM) asked COGEM whether the opinion of the EFSA GMO panel gives reason to reconsider her previous advice.