Import of genetically modified maize line MON88017
This notification concerns the import and processing of the genetically modified maize line MON88017 for use in feed and food. The maize line harbors the genes cp4epsps and cry3Bb1. Cp4epsps confers tolerance to herbicides containing the active ingredient glyphosate. The cry3Bb1 gene is responsible for resistance to certain coleopteran insects such as the corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera). Cultivation is not part of the application.
Previously, COGEM advised positively on the import of maize line MON863 which expresses the cry3Bb1 gene. COGEM has also given a positive advise on the hybrid maize line MON863 x NK603 which expresses a cp4epsps gene besides the aforementioned cry3Bb1 gene. Maize line MON863 and MON863 x NK603 are already commercially grown in the U.S.A.
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.
The experts of the COGEM are of the opinion that interactions between recombinant gene products are not expected. The applicant has sufficiently proven that no toxic or allergenic products are formed as a result of the modification of maize line MON88017. Based on these considerations, COGEM is of the opinion that the import of maize line MON88017 poses a negligible risk to human health and the environment.