Scientific Opinion on a request from the European Commission related to the emergency measure notified by Luxembourg on genetically modified maize MON 810 according to Article 34 of Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003


Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms
EFSA Journal
EFSA Journal 2013;11(9):3372 [7 pp.].
Panel Members
Salvatore Arpaia, Nicholas Birch, Andrew Chesson, Patrick du Jardin, Achim Gathmann, Jürgen Gropp, Lieve Herman, Hilde-Gunn Hoen-Sorteberg, Huw Jones, Jozsef Kiss, Gijs Kleter, Martinus Lovik, Antoine Messéan, Hanspeter Naegeli, Kaare M. Nielsen, Jaroslava Ovesná, Joe Perry, Nils Rostoks, Christoph Tebbe

The Panel wishes to thank the members of the standing environmental working group on applications for the preparation of this scientific opinion; and EFSA staff: Yann Devos, Ana Gomes, Andrea Gennaro and Sylvie Mestdagh for the support provided to this scientific opinion

Opinion of the Scientific Committee/Scientific Panel
On request from
European Commission
Question Number
12 September 2013
Published in the EFSA Journal
24 September 2013
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy

Following a request of the European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority’s Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (EFSA GMO Panel) evaluated the documentation submitted by Luxembourg in support of its request for the prohibition of the placing on the market of the genetically modified maize MON 810 according to Article 34 of Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003. All concerns related to human and animal health or the environment raised by Luxembourg were already addressed in previous scientific opinions of the EFSA GMO Panel on maize MON 810 while other concerns relate to socio-economic aspects and co-existence and thus fall outside the remit of EFSA. Therefore, the EFSA GMO Panel concludes that, based on the documentation submitted by Luxembourg, there is no specific scientific evidence, in terms of risk to human and animal health or the environment, that would support the notification of an emergency measure under Article 34 of Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 and that would invalidate its previous risk assessments of maize MON 810.

GMO, maize (Zea mays), MON 810, Luxembourg, emergency measure, environment, Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003
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