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EFSA dismisses objection to GM carnation

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found no scientific basis for an objection from Cyprus to the import of Japanese company Suntory Holdings’ genetically modified carnation (SHD-27531-4). The company intends to import cut flowers, which have a modified colour, for ornamental use only. The EFSA acknowledges that the propagation of the GM line by individuals cannot be excluded. However, should this occur, the carnation would not show any potential for increased survival, fitness or weediness compared with its parental line, the EFSA says.  The Authority also considers that it is highly unlikely that either: Lepidoptera would spread pollen to wild Dianthus species; or that plant-to-plant gene transfer would occur. Should either case occur, it would be very unlikely that viable hybrids or seed would be produced and result in adverse environmental effects, it adds.

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