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EFSA clears two GM carnations

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has given a positive safety assessment to two applications for import, distribution and sale of genetically modified carnations as cut flowers for ornamental use. The applications are from Japanese company Suntory’s subsidiary, Florigene, for the lines, IFD-25958-3 and IFD-26407-2, both of which have mauve petals. There is no scientific evidence of potential adverse effects on health or the environment, the EFSA concludes. Late last year, the Authority dismissed an objection from Cyprus to the proposed import of Suntory’s GM SHD-27531-4 carnation line.

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