EFSA rejects Bulgarian ban on MON810 maize
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has dismissed evidence put forward by Bulgaria to justify a prohibition on the cultivation of Monsanto’s EU-approved genetically modified insect-resistant MON810 maize. Bulgaria banned the GM line in 2011, invoking the emergency measure under Article 34 of the EU GM food and feed Regulation (1829/2003). The EFSA evaluated the concerns raised but did not identify new arguments related to maize MON810 or the Bt Cry1Ab protein that reveal new scientific evidence in terms of risk to human and animal health or the environment. In addition, the EFSA did not further consider the peer-reviewed publications, referred to by Bulgaria, that were previously addressed in its scientific outputs on maize MON810 or related Bt maize events expressing Cry1Ab protein, or those of its GMO Panel.