Renewal of the authorisation for import and processing of genetically modified maize MIR162

Advisory reports | 27.09.2021 | CGM/210927-01
  • The present application (EFSA/GMO/RX/025) concerns the authorisation for import and processing for use in feed and food of genetically modified (GM) maize MIR162;
  • GM maize MIR162 was previously authorised for import and processing in 2012;
  • Maize MIR162 expresses the genes vip3Aa20 and pmi, conferring resistance to lepidopteran pests and enabling MIR162 to use mannose as a carbon source, respectively;
  • In the Netherlands, feral maize populations have never been observed and the appearance of volunteers is rare;
  • The wild relative of maize (teosinte) is not present in het natural environment of the Netherlands, therefore hybridisation of GM maize with other species is not possible;
  • The molecular characterisation of maize MIR162 has been updated and meets the criteria of COGEM;
  • The updated bioinformatics analysis, literature review, several unpublished studies and monitoring reports do not give any indication of a potential environmental risk
  • COGEM is of the opinion that import and processing of maize MIR162 poses a negligible risk to the environment in the Netherlands;
  • COGEM abstains from giving advice on the potential risks of incidental consumption since other organisations carry out a food/feed assessment.
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