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EU seeks views on GM crop comparisons

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has opened a public consultation on draft guidance for the risk assessment of genetically modified plants. The document covers proposed guidelines for applicants when selecting comparative plants to be used in their submission to the EFSA. The current risk assessment focuses on the identification of similarities and differences between the GM plant and its comparator, normally a non-GM line with comparable genetic background. However, the ease of selecting a comparator is declining due to the increasing complexity of stacked-trait GM crop lines, the EFSA notes. The draft guidance includes options to introduce flexibility in selection, based on sound scientific principles. Comments should be submitted by January 15th 2011.

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