Import of genetically modified soybean MON 87751 with two insect resistance traits

Advisory reports | 27.03.2015 | CGM/150327-01

The present application (EFSA/GMO/NL/2014/121) concerns import and processing for use in feed and food of the genetically modified soybean line MON 87751. Cultivation is not part of this application.
Soybean MON 87751 was generated by Agrobacterium mediated transformation of conventional soybean and expresses the cry1A.105 and cry2Ab2 genes. As a result, soybean MON 87751 is resistant against certain lepidopteran insect pests.
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 characterisation of MON 87751 soybean meets the criteria of COGEM. COGEM considers the general surveillance plan adequate for import of MON 87751, although some aspects can be improved.
In conclusion, COGEM is of the opinion that import and processing of soybean line MON 87751 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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