News last update:6 Aug 2012

EFSA: GM rice regarded as safe

The genetically modified LLRice62 poses no evident harm to humans, animals or the environment, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

LLRice62 intends to provide tolerance to the herbicide glufosinate ammonium, which can boost rice productivity in certain global markets significantly. Bayer CropScience applied for the placing of the GM rice on the market for food and feed uses, but not for cultivation, in August 2004. Following extensive scientific assessment, the Scientific Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms has now released its opinion. "LLRice62 is unlikely to have any adverse effect on human and animal health or on the environment in the context of its intended uses," said the report.

The GM rice is already approved for import and cultivation in the US and Canada. The European Commission will now put the decision on whether the rice will be made available on the European market.

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