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EFSA clears GM cotton and soybean lines

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has given safety clearance to two genetically modified crop lines after assessing applications for import, processing and use in food and feed. Bayer CropScience’s stacked-trait cotton combines the glyphosate herbicide-tolerant GlyTol (GHB614) trait with the glufosinate-tolerant LibertyLink (LLCotton25) trait. The individual traits already have EU approval. The second GM crop is Monsanto’s MON87769 soybean, which produces elevated levels of stearidonic acid. Monsanto is seeking cultivation approval in the US, where the soybeans will be sold under the Soymega brand (Agrow No 644, p 13). No safety concerns were identified in the assessments and there are no indications of an increased likelihood of establishment and spread of feral cotton or soybean plants, the EFSA says. Its opinion will go forward to the European Commission for consideration.

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