EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) confirms safety of antibiotic marker in genetically modified crops:
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reconfirmed its views that it is safe to use the antibiotic resistance NPT (neomycin phosphotransferase) II gene as a marker gene to select traits in genetically modified crops. The use of such genes in plant breeding has raised concerns over the development of resistant bacteria and the implications for medical and veterinary antibiotics. The EFSA was asked by the European Commission to review new information from the European Medicines Agency on aminoglycoside antibiotics. The EFSA concludes that the use of the NPTII gene in GM crops is "very unlikely" to change the "existing widespread prevalence" of this gene in bacterial sources in the environment, and that its use does not pose a risk to human or animal health.