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Food and Feed Safety (05-04-2006)

Genetically modified maize – your chance to comment

Four opinions from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on genetically modified maize for food and feed uses were published on April 3. The EFSA opinions follow requests from biotechnology company Monsanto to put four types of insect-protected and glyphosate (herbicide) -tolerant maize on the EU market.
The public may make comments on these opinions for 1 month, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed. The comments received on previous opinions may also be consulted via this page.
 
The EFSA opinions relate to industry requests to place on the market food or feed containing genetically modified maize. The four types of maize are the following:
·         Genetically modified maize “NK603xMON810” (e.g. maize grains) or food and feed (e.g. flour, oil) produced from this maize.
·         Genetically modified maize “MON863xMON810” (e.g. maize grains) or food and feed (e.g. flour, oil) produced from this maize.
·         Genetically modified maize “MON863xNK603” (e.g. maize grains) or food and feed (e.g. flour, oil) produced from this maize.
·         Genetically modified maize “MON863xMON810xNK603” (e.g. maize grains) or food and feed (e.g. flour, oil) produced from this maize.
 
Comments on the four EFSA opinions may be provided until 2 May by filling the provided forms. To respond to the opinions, please visit the following web page:
http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/food/biotechnology/authorisation/public_comments_en.htm
 
For more information on DG Health and Consumer Protection’s work on genetically modified food and feed, click here:
http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/food/biotechnology/index_en.htm
 
For more information on EFSA, click here: http://www.efsa.eu.int