December 12, 2012
European Food Safety Authority maintains assessment of GM insect resistant corn Bt11
The Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA GMO Panel) stands by its previous risk assessment conclusions on corn Bt11, and its previous recommendations on risk mitigation measures and monitoring.
Following a request from the European Commission, the Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA GMO Panel) compiled its previous risk assessment conclusions and risk management recommendations on the genetically modified insect resistant corn Bt11, and considered their validity in the light of new relevant scientific publications published from 2005 onwards.
Following a search of the scientific literature published between 2005 and October 2012, the EFSA GMO Panel identified 287 peer-reviewed publications containing evidence specific to the risk assessment and/or management of corn Bt11, of which 270 publications were previously discussed and cited in relevant GM corn-related applications and/or the numerous EFSA GMO Panel scientific outputs.
From the remaining 17 publications, three were relevant for the food and feed safety assessment, and 14 for the environmental risk assessment and/or risk management of corn Bt11. None of these publications reported new information that would invalidate the previous conclusions on the safety of corn Bt11 made by the EFSA GMO Panel.