Import of genetically modified soybean DAS-81419-2 with two insectresistance traits

Advisory reports | 06.05.2014 | CGM/140506-01

The present application (EFSA/GMO/NL/2013/116) concerns import and processing for use in feed and food of the genetically modified soybean line DAS-81419-2. Cultivation is not part of this application. Soybean DAS-81419-2 was generated by Rhizobium mediated transformation of conventional soybean and expresses the cry1Fv3, cry1Ac(synpro) and pat genes. As a result, soybean DAS-81419-2 is resistant against certain lepidopteran insects and tolerant to glufosinate-ammonium containing herbicides.
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 or cold resistance. Establishment of feral soybean populations has never been observed in Europe.
The molecular characterization of DAS-81419-2 soybean meets the criteria of COGEM. COGEM considers the general surveillance plan adequate for import of DAS-81419-2, although
some aspects can be improved.
In conclusion, COGEM is of the opinion that import and processing of soybean line DAS-81419-2 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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