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EFSA confirms safety of MON87705 soybean oil

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has confirmed the food safety aspects of oil from Monsanto's genetically modified MON87705 soybeans. The soybeans are tolerant to the herbicide, glyphosate, and produce higher levels of oleic acid and lower amounts of certain saturated fats. The EFSA issued a positive evaluation of the GM line back in 2012 (Agrow No 652, p 11), but the European Commission subsequently asked it to assess the safety of the oil for commercial frying. The soybeans are already approved in the US, Canada and Australasia, and will be marketed as Vistive Gold.

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