News last update:6 Aug 2012

EFSA: GM maize MIR 162 scientifically safe

The European Food Safety Authority said in a scientific opinion that the genetically modified maize MIR 162 from Syngenta is safe for food and feed uses, import and processing under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003.

Maize MIR162 contains a single insert protecting the crop against certain insect pests.
A feeding study on broiler chickens confirmed that grain produced by maize MIR162 is as nutritious as that produced by its conventional counterpart and a non-GM commercial variety.
There are no indications of an increased likelihood of establishment and spread of feral maize plants.
Considering its intended use as food and feed, interactions with the biotic and abiotic environment were not considered to be an issue.
Risks associated with an unlikely but theoretically possible horizontal gene transfer from maize MIR162 to bacteria have not been identified.
In conclusion, the EFSA GMO Panel considers that information available for maize MIR162 addresses scientific comments raised by Member States and that maize MIR162 is as safe as its conventional counterpart and non-GM commercial varieties with respect to potential effects on human and animal health and the environment in the context of its intended uses.

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