Outcome of the European Member States and Public consultations on the draft guidance for the risk assessment of the presence at low level of genetically modified plant material in imported food and feed under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) carried out a consultation to collect input from the scientific community and all interested parties for the risk assessment of the low level (LL) presence of genetically modified plant material in imported food and feed under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003. A two-step approach was followed. The draft LL Scientific Opinion was prepared by the ad hoc Working Group of the EFSA Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO Panel) and endorsed by the Panel for a dedicated consultation with European Member States at its plenary meeting on 21 September 2016. EFSA received approximately 100 comments on the draft LL Scientific Opinion from 11 Member States. Based on the outcome of the dedicated consultation, a second draft LL Scientific Opinion was prepared and endorsed by the Panel for a dedicated consultation with European Member States at its plenary meeting on 5 April 2017. EFSA received approximately 60 comments on the draft LL Scientific Opinion from 7 interested parties. The current report summarises the outcome of the two-step consultation, and includes a brief description of the comments received and how the comments were addressed. Comments related to policy or risk management aspects were considered out of the remit of the GMO Panel and outside the scope of these consultations; therefore these are not addressed in this document. The GMO Panel prepared an updated version of the LL Scientific Opinion taking into account the comments under its remit received. EFSA and its GMO Panel wish to thank European Member States, all stakeholders and the general public for their contributions. The LL Scientific Opinion was adopted at the GMO Plenary meeting on 21 September 2017, and is published in the EFSA Journal.