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Advisory reports 10.05.2019

Import and processing of genetically modified soybean GMB151

(CGM/190510-01)
  • The present application (EFSA/GMO/NL/2018/153) concerns the authorisation for import and processing for use in feed and food of genetically modified (GM) soybean GMB151;
  • The GM soybean expresses the genes cry14Ab-1.b and hppdPf-4Pa, conferring resistance to soybean cyst nematode and tolerance to hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase (HPPD) inhibitor containing herbicides, respectively;
  • In the Netherlands, feral soybean populations do not occur and hybridisation of soybean with other species is not possible;
  • The molecular characterisation of GM soybean GMB151 meets the criteria of COGEM;
  • There are no indications that the introduced traits alter the fitness of GM soybean GMB151;
  • There is no reason to assume that the introduced traits will allow GM soybean GMB151 to survive in the Dutch environment;
  • COGEM is of the opinion that import and processing of GM soybean GMB151 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.