Revised annual post-market environmental monitoring (PMEM) report on the cultivation of genetically modified maize MON 810 in 2013 from Monsanto Europe S.A.


Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms
EFSA Journal
EFSA Journal 2015;13(11):4295 [37 pp.].
Panel Members
Andrew Nicholas Birch, Josep Casacuberta, Adinda De Schrijver, Achim Gathmann, Mikolaj Gralak, Philippe Guerche, Huw Jones, Barbara Manachini, Antoine Messéan, Hanspeter Naegeli, Elsa Ebbesen Nielsen, Fabien Nogué, Christophe Robaglia, Nils Rostoks, Jeremy Sweet, Christoph Tebbe, Francesco Visioli, Jean-Michel Wal.
The Panel wishes to thank the members of the Working Group on annual PMEM reports, Salvatore Arpaia, Barbara Manachini, Antoine Messéan and Jeremy Sweet, for the preparatory work on this scientific and EFSA staff members, Fernando Álvarez, Michele Ardizzone, Yann Devos, Marios Georgiadis, Ana Gomes, Anna Lanzoni and Jane Richardson, for the support provided to this scientific output.
Opinion of the Scientific Committee/Scientific Panel
On request from
European Commission
Question Number
28 October 2015
Published in the EFSA Journal
17 November 2015
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy
Following a request from the European Commission, the Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA GMO Panel) assessed the results of the general surveillance activities contained in the revised annual post-market environmental monitoring (PMEM) report for the 2013 growing season of maize MON 810 provided by Monsanto Europe S.A. The supplied data do not indicate any unanticipated adverse effects on human and animal health or the environment arising from the cultivation of maize MON 810 cultivation in 2013. Similar methodological shortcomings to those observed in previous annual PMEM reports were identified in the analysis of farmer questionnaires and the conduct of the literature review. The EFSA GMO Panel therefore strongly reiterates its previous recommendations to improve the methodology of future annual PMEM reports on maize MON 810. The EFSA GMO Panel urges the applicant to consider how to make best use of the information recorded in national registers in order to optimise sampling for farmer questionnaires, reiterates its previous recommendations on insect resistance monitoring and continued screening, and requests to continue reviewing and discussing relevant scientific publications on possible adverse effects of maize MON 810 on rove beetles. Also, the EFSA GMO Panel encourages relevant parties to continue developing a methodological framework to use existing networks in the broader context of environmental monitoring.
Cry1Ab, farmer questionnaires, general surveillance, literature searches, risk assessment, Zea mays
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