EFSA safety clearance for Bollgard II cotton import
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has given a positive safety assessment for applications for the import of Monsanto’s genetically modified insect-resistant Genuity Bollgard II (MON15985) cotton. The company has submitted two applications covering: the import, processing and use in food and feed for the GM cotton line; and the renewal of approval for food additives, feed and feed additives produced from the cotton. The EFSA’s opinion goes forward to the European Commission and member states for a decision on approval. MON15985 produces the Bt Cry1Ac and Cry2Ab2 toxins. The established GM line holds cultivation approvals in countries such as the US, Brazil, Australia and India, and import authorisations in several countries in Asia. Monsanto has combined MON15985 with Syngenta’s COT102 (Vip3Aa19) trait in its next generation Bollgard III.