Scientific Opinion on an application (EFSA-GMO-NL-2012-107) for the placing on the market of maize MON 810 pollen under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 from Monsanto

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Article
Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms
EFSA Journal
EFSA Journal 2012;10(12):3022 [9 pp.].
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2012.3022
Panel members at the time of adoption
Salvatore Arpaia, Andrew Nicholas Edmund Birch, Andrew Chesson, Patrick du Jardin, Achim Gathmann, Jürgen Gropp, Lieve Herman, Hilde-Gunn Hoen-Sorteberg, Huw Jones, József Kiss, Gijs Kleter, Pagona Lagiou, Martinus Lovik, Antoine Messéan, Hanspeter Naegeli, Kaare Magne Nielsen, Jaroslava Ovesna, Joe Perry, Nils Rostoks and Christoph Tebbe.
Acknowledgements

The Panel wishes to thank the members of the Working Groups on Molecular Characterisation, Food/Feed and Environment of GMO applications for the preparation of this scientific opinion and Ilona Kryspin-Sorensen and Christer Andersson and EFSA staff members Jaime Aguilera and Anna Christodoulidou for the support provided in the preparation of this EFSA scientific output.

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Type
Opinion of the Scientific Committee/Scientific Panel
On request from
Competent Authority of the Netherlands for an application (EFSA-GMO-NL-2012-107) submitted by Monsanto
Question Number
EFSA-Q-2012-00408
Adopted
6 décembre 2012
Published in the EFSA Journal
18 décembre 2012
Affiliation
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy
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Abstract

In this opinion, the EFSA GMO Panel addresses the safety of maize MON 810 pollen to complete the scope of an application (RX-MON 810) for the marketing of genetically modified maize MON 810 with the use of MON 810 pollen as or in food. Data on molecular characterisation of maize MON 810 did not raise any safety concerns with respect to its pollen. The EFSA GMO Panel has previously assessed the safety of the newly expressed Cry1Ab protein in maize MON 810. The assessment and conclusions of the GMO Panel on the safety of this protein, including its potential toxicity and allergenicity, also apply to the Cry1Ab protein expressed in MON 810 pollen. While the EFSA GMO Panel is not in a position to conclude on the safety of maize pollen in or as food in general, it concludes that the genetic modification in maize MON 810 does not constitute an additional health risk if maize MON 810 pollen is to replace maize pollen from non-GM maize in or as food.

Keywords
GMO, maize, MON 810 pollen, food, Cry1Ab, honey
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Number of Pages
9