Import and processing of genetically modified maize MON87411

Advisory reports | 29.10.2015 | CGM/151029-01

The present application (EFSA/GMO/NL/2015/124) concerns import and processing for use in feed or food of genetically modified maize MON87411. Cultivation is not part of this application.
Maize MON87411 was generated by Agrobacterium mediated transformation of conventional maize and expresses the DvSnf7 suppression cassette and the cry3Bb1 and cp4 epsps genes. As a result, maize MON87411 is resistant to coleopteran insects such as Western corn rootworm (Diabrotica spp.) and tolerant to glyphosate containing herbicides.
During its long domestication process, maize has lost its ability to survive in the wild. In the Netherlands, the appearance of maize volunteers is rare and establishment of volunteers in the wild has never been reported. There are no reasons to assume that the introduced traits will allow maize MON87411 to establish feral populations. The introduced sequences cannot introgress into other species since wild relatives of maize are not present in Europe. COGEM is of the opinion that incidental spillage of MON87411 poses a negligible risk to the environment.
The molecular characterisation of MON87411 maize meets the criteria of COGEM.
In view of the above, COGEM considers the environmental risks associated with import and processing of maize MON87411 to be negligible. COGEM abstains from giving advice on the potential risks of incidental consumption because a food/feed assessment is already carried out by other organisations.

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