Import and processing of the genetically modified soybean line MON87769 x MON89788

Advisory reports | 16.07.2014 | CGM/140716-01

The present application (EFSA/GMO/NL/2010/85) concerns import and processing for use in feed and food of the genetically modified soybean line MON87769 × MON89788. Cultivation is not part of this application.
Soybean line MON87769×MON89788 expresses the Pj.D6D gene derived from Primula juliae and Nc.Fad3 derived from Neurospora crassa resulting in the production of stearidonic acid (SDA), an omega-3 fatty acid. Additionally, the line expresses a cp4 epsps gene conferring tolerance to glyphosate containing herbicides.
MON87769×MON89788 was produced by means of conventional breeding with the two genetically modified parental soybean lines. Previously, COGEM issued positive advices on the import and processing of both parental lines.
In Europe, there are no wild relatives of soybean and therefore, hybridisation with other species is not possible. Soybean does not possess any of the attributes commonly associated with problematic weeds such as seed shattering, dormancy and cold resistance. Establishment of feral soybean populations has never been observed in Europe. There is no reason to assume that the combination of introduced traits will increase the potential of soybean to establish feral populations.
COGEM considers the appended General Surveillance plan adequate for import of MON87769 × MON89788. However, the GS plan could be improved on a number of points.
In conclusion, COGEM is of the opinion that import and processing of soybean line MON87769×MON89788 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 already carried out by other organisations.

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