Renewal of the authorisation for import and processing of genetically modified maize MON89034x1507xNK603

Advisory reports | 11.07.2023 | CGM/230711-01
  • The present application (GMFF-2022-3670 (RX-029)) concerns the renewal of the authorisation for import and processing for use in feed and food of genetically modified (GM) maize MON89034x1507xNK603;
  • MON89034x1507xNK603 was previously authorised for import and processing in 2013;
  • MON89034x1507xNK603 is resistant to certain lepidopteran pests due to the expression of the 105, cry2Ab2 and cry1F genes, and tolerant to glyphosate and glufosinate-ammonium containing herbicides due to the expression of the cp4 epsps, cp4 epsps l214p and pat genes;
  • In the Netherlands, feral maize populations have never been observed and the appearance of volunteers – maize not deliberately planted – is rare;
  • In the Netherlands, the wild relative of maize (teosinte) is not present in nature, therefore hybridisation of GM maize with other species is not possible;
  • The molecular characterisation of MON89034x1507xNK603 has been updated and meets the criteria of COGEM;
  • The updated bioinformatic analyses, the literature review and post-market environmental monitoring reports do not provide indications that import of MON89034x1507xNK603 poses a risk to the environment;
  • COGEM is of the opinion that import and processing of maize MON89034x1507xNK603 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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