EFSA rejects another challenge to GM crop approvals
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected another complaint by anti-genetically modified crop groups against its positive risk assessments of three GM soybean lines. GeneWatch UK and TestBiotech challenged the European Commission’s import approvals of Monsanto’s glyphosate-tolerant and high oleic acid Vistive Gold (MON87705) and its stearidonic acid-improved MON87769, and DuPont’s acetolactate synthase herbicide-tolerant and high oleic acid Optimum GAT (305423). They argued that the approvals should be withdrawn because of the lack of specific guidance for assessing GM crops with significantly altered nutrient composition. The EFSA considers that the nutritional issues raised by the GM lines do not differ in principle from those arising from non-GM novel foods and ingredients. It concludes that the groups did not put forward new information that would invalidate the existing assessments. The EFSA recently rejected a complaint by TestBiotech against the import approval of Monsanto’s glyphosate-tolerant TruFlex Roundup Ready (MON88302) oilseed rape.