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EFSA calls for better MON810 monitoring

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has “strongly reiterated” its recommendations for improvements to monitoring methods for Monsanto’s genetically modified insect-resistant YieldGard Corn Borer (MON810) maize. The comments come in an assessment of the annual monitoring report submitted for the 2012 growing season by the company. The EFSA points out that it had previously highlighted the “poor sensitivity” of Monsanto’s methods (Agrow No 681, p 6), but that the company used a similar methodology as that used for monitoring the maize in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In addition, the Authority calls for: further investigation of the effects observed during the monitoring of baseline susceptibility of target pests in Spain; and a follow-up of possible adverse effects of MON810 on rove beetles. Despite the criticisms, the EFSA concludes that the data from 2012 do not indicate any adverse effects on health and the environment arising from MON810 cultivation.

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