EFSA unable to complete assessment of Duracade maize
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has been unable to complete its evaluation of potential uses of Syngenta’s genetically modified insect-resistant Duracade (5307) maize in food and feed. It could not reach a conclusion on the safety of the Bt eCry3.1Ab protein due to an “inadequate” 28-day toxicity study provided. Furthermore, it did not assess the outcome of a broiler feeding study with the maize line, due to study “weaknesses”. Syngenta has applied for EU approval for import, processing and use in food and feed. Duracade is resistant to corn rootworms (Diabrotica spp). The GM line is already approved for cultivation in the US and Canada, and has import authorisations in several countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Mexico.