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EFSA clears three stacked GM maize lines for import

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has given safety clearance to three genetically modified stacked-trait maize lines from Syngenta for import, processing and use in food and feed. The lines are Bt11xMIR604, MIR604xGA21 and Bt11xMIR604xGA21. The Bt11 trait confers resistance to lepidopteran pests and is also tolerant to glufosinate-ammonium herbicides. MIR604 is resistant to coleopteran pests. GA21 is tolerant to glyphosate herbicides. The EFSA opinion goes forward to the European Commission for consideration as part of the EU registration process. The individual traits are already authorised in the EU. Bt11 has been approved for many years and its renewal is currently under consideration ( Agrow No 590, p 13). GA21 was authorised in 2008 ( Agrow No 541, p 9), while MIR604 was approved last year ( Agrow No 582, p 8).

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