Import of genetically modified maize 59122 x 1507
This notification concerns the import and processing of the genetically modified maize line 59122 x 1507 for use in feed and food. Cultivation is not part of the application. The hybrid maize line harbors two copies of the pat gene and three cry genes; cry34Ab1, cry35Ab1 and cry1F. The pat gene confers tolerance to herbicides containing glufosinate-ammonium. The cry34Ab1 and cry35Ab1 genes induce resistance to certain coleopteran insects such as the corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera) while cry1F provides the plant with a resistance trait to certain lepidopteran insects such as the European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis).
Previously, COGEM advised positively on the import of maize lines 59122 and 1507. COGEM has also given a positive advice on the cultivation of maize line 1507.
In the Netherlands, no wild relatives of maize are present and establishment of maize plants in the wild has never been observed. There are no reasons to assume that the inserted traits will increase the potential of the maize line to establish feral populations. In addition, the appearance of volunteers is very rare under Dutch conditions.
COGEM is of the opinion that interactions between the products of the inserted genes are not to be expected. The applicant has sufficiently proven that no toxic or allergenic products are formed as a result of the modification of maize line 59122 x 1507. Based on these considerations, COGEM is of the opinion that the import of maize line 59122 x 1507 poses a negligible risk to human health and the environment.