Import of genetically modified maize 59122 x NK603

Advisory reports | 17.08.2007 | 070817-02

This notification concerns the import and processing of the genetically modified maize line 59122 x NK603 for use in feed and food. Cultivation is not part of the application. The hybrid maize line harbors a pat and a cp4epsps gene and two cry genes; cry34Ab1 and cry35Ab1. The pat and cp4epsps genes confer tolerance to herbicides containing glufosinate-ammonium and glyphosate, respectively. The cry34Ab1 and cry35Ab1 genes are responsible for resistance to certain coleopteran insects such as the corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera).
 Previously, COGEM advised positively on the import of maize lines 59122 and NK603. COGEM has also given a positive advice on the cultivation of maize line NK603.
 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 the molecular analysis is adequate. The applicant has sufficiently proven that no toxic or allergenic products are formed as a result of the modification of maize line 59122 x NK603. Based on these considerations, COGEM is of the opinion that the import of maize line 59122 x NK603 poses a negligible risk to human health and the environment.

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