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EFSA gives OK to GM pollen

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says that the presence of pollen from Monsanto’s genetically modified insect-resistant MON810 maize in honey, or when consumed directly as food, is unlikely to raise specific safety concerns. The EFSA’s GMO panel bases this conclusion on its previous assessment that MON801 maize is as safe as non-GM maize. It has passed its advice to the European Commission, which is considering expanding the food-use approval of MON810 maize so that it covers the crop’s pollen as well as the existing flour, gluten, starch, glucose and oil ( Agrow No 626, p 8). The EFSA was asked for a rapid opinion by the Commission in September after the EU Court of Justice ruled that honey containing accidental traces of pollen from GM crops would require EU approval before being sold.

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