Scientific Opinion on the annual Post-Market Environmental Monitoring (PMEM) report from Monsanto Europe S.A. on the cultivation of genetically modified maize MON 810 in 2011


Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms
EFSA Journal
EFSA Journal 2013;11(12):3500 [38 pp.].
Panel members at the time of adoption
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 Working Group on annual PMEM reports: Salvatore Arpaia, Achim Gathmann, Jozsef Kiss, Antoine Messéan, Joe Perry, Jeremy Sweet for the preparatory work on this scientific opinion, the members of the Standing Working Group on Food & Feed: Ilona Kryspin-Sorensen, Christer Andersson; and EFSA staff: Ana Gomes, Yi Liu, Laura Martino, Sylvie Mestdagh and Jane Richardson for the support provided to this Scientific Opinion.

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

Following the request from the European Commission, the Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA GMO Panel) assessed the monitoring report for the 2011 growing season of maize MON 810 provided by Monsanto Europe S.A. The EFSA GMO Panel already assessed the 2009 and 2010 monitoring reports and followed the same approach as for the assessment of the methodology applied by the applicant for monitoring maize MON 810 in 2011. The EFSA GMO Panel considered the plan for insect-resistant management and addressed the comments raised by the applicant on its previous recommendations for improving the methodology of the resistance monitoring of target pests. The EFSA GMO Panel also paid particular attention to the design and analysis of the farmer questionnaires. The EFSA GMO Panel notes similar shortcomings in the overall methodology for the post-market environmental monitoring of maize MON 810 as in the previous monitoring reports. Hence, while the EFSA GMO Panel reiterates its previous recommendations for the improvement of the methodology, it also clarifies and elaborates on those related to the monitoring of resistance evolution in target pests. However, from the data submitted by the applicant, the EFSA GMO Panel does not identify adverse effects on the environment, human and animal health due to maize MON 810 cultivation during the 2011 growing season. The outcomes of the 2011 monitoring report do not invalidate the previous EFSA GMO Panel’s scientific opinions on maize MON 810.

Annual PMEM report, cultivation, case-specific monitoring, general surveillance, insect-resistance management, maize, MON 810
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