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Renewal of the authorisation for import and processing of genetically modified soybean A2704-12

Advisory reports | 15.05.2018 | CGM/180515-01
  • The present application (EFSA/GMO/RX/009) concerns the renewal of the authorisation for import and processing of genetically modified (GM) soybean (Glycine max) A2704-12;
  • GM soybean A2704-12 was previously authorised for import and processing in 2008;
  • COGEM has advised positively on the import and processing of soybean A2704-12 in 2007;
  • A2704-12 expresses the pat gene, which confers tolerance to herbicides containing the active ingredient glufosinate-ammonium;
  • In the Netherlands, feral soybean populations do not occur and hybridisation of soybean with other species is not possible;
  • The updated bioinformatics analysis of soybean A2704-12 ¬†meets the criteria of COGEM;
  • There are no indications that the introduced trait alters the fitness of soybean A2704-12 or allows soybean A2704-12 to survive in the Dutch environment;
  • The updated bioinformatics analysis, 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 soybean A2704-12 pose 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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