Renewal of the authorisation for import and processing of genetically modified 59122 maize

Advisory reports | 29.11.2016 | CGM/161129-01
  • The present application (EFSA/GMO/RX/003) concerns the renewal of the authorisation for import and processing for use in feed and food of genetically modified 59122 maize;
  • Maize 59122 has previously been authorized for import and processing in 2007;
  • In 2005, COGEM has advised positively on the import and processing of 59122;
  • Maize 59122 expresses the cry34Ab1 and cry35Ab1 genes conferring resistance to certain coleopteran insects, and the pat gene conferring tolerance to glufosinate-ammonium containing herbicides;
  • In the Netherlands, feral maize populations have never been observed and the appearance of volunteers is rare to absent;
  • In the Netherlands, wild relatives of maize have never been observed and hybridisation of maize with other species is not possible;
  • The molecular characterisation and bioinformatic analyses of 59122 maize have been updated and meet the criteria of COGEM;
  • There are no indications that the introduced traits will alter the fitness of 59122 maize;
  • The updated molecular characterisation, literature review and monitoring reports do not give any indication of a potential environmental risk;
  • COGEM is of the opinion that import and processing of 59122 maize 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 carried out by other organisations.
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