EFSA advises better MON810 monitoring
There is still a need to improve post-market monitoring methods for crops of Monsanto's genetically modified insect-resistant YieldGard Corn Borer (MON810) maize grown in the EU, says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The conclusion comes in an assessment of the annual monitoring report submitted for 2011 by the company. The EFSA points out that it noted similar shortcomings when assessing reports for 2010 and 2009 (Agrow No 638, p 14). In addition to reiterating its previous recommendations, it has clarified and elaborated on methods for monitoring resistance evolution in target pests. Despite the shortcomings, the EFSA says that there is no evidence of any adverse effects on the environment or health from the cultivation of MON810 maize.