MON88017 maize gains EFSA safety clearance
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that Monsanto's genetically modified insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant MON88017 maize is as safe as its non-GM counterparts. Monsanto has applied for EU approval for the maize line for import, processing and use in food and feed. The EFSA opinion is a step in the evaluation process and will be considered by the European Commission and EU member states. Monsanto is developing the maize line as YieldGard VT Rootworm/RR2, which will be combined with other traits in SmartStax maize, which is due to be introduced in the US in 2010.