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Advisory reports 05.09.2018

Import and processing of genetically modified soybean MON87751xMON87701xMON87708xMON89788

(CGM/180905-01)
  • The present application (EFSA/GMO/NL/2016/128) concerns the authorisation for import and processing for use in feed and food of genetically modified (GM) soybean MON87751xMON87701xMON87708xMON89788;
  • Soybean MON87751xMON87701xMON87708xMON89788 was produced by conventional crossbreeding of the four GM parental soybean lines;
  • Previously, COGEM advised positively on the import and processing of all four parental lines;
  • The GM soybean expresses the genes dmo and cp4 epsps, conferring tolerance to dicamba-based herbicides and glyphosate containing herbicides;
  • It also expresses the genes cry1A.105, cry2Ab2 and cry1Ac, resulting in resistance to certain lepidopteran insects.
  • In the Netherlands, feral soybean populations do not occur and hybridisation of soybean with other species is not possible;
  • The molecular characterisation of soybean MON87751xMON87701xMON87708x MON89788 has been updated and meets the criteria of COGEM;
  • The updated bioinformatics analysis does not provide indications for potential environmental risks;
  • There are no indications that the introduced traits allow soybean MON87751xMON87701x MON87708xMON89788 to survive in the Netherlands;
  • There are no indications that soybean MON87751xMON87701xMON87708xMON89788 could establish feral populations in the Netherlands;
  • COGEM is of the opinion that import and processing of soybean MON87751xMON87701x MON87708xMON89788 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.