Additional advice on the import and processing of genetically modified oilseed rape MON88302
Genetically modified (GM) oilseed rape (Brassica napus) MON88302 expresses the cp4 epsps gene conferring tolerance to glyphosate containing herbicides. Recently the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a Scientific Opinion for the placing on the market of oilseed rape MON88302 for food and feed uses, import and processing.1 The EFSA concluded that oilseed rape MON88302 is as safe as its conventional counterpart and non-GM commercial oilseed rape varieties with respect to potential effects on human and animal health and the environment. In the opinion of EFSA, the monitoring plan is in line with the intended uses.
The Netherlands’ Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment asked COGEM whether the recently published EFSA opinion sufficiently answers COGEM's comments on the application for renewal of the authorisation of GM oilseed rape MON88302.