An opinion of EFSA on a genetically modified maize has been published - the public has the opportunity to make comments

10.4.2007

<div>The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has assessed the safety of insect-resistant modified maize 59122 in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council on genetically modified food and feed. The public may make comments to the European Commission on this opinion until 2.5.2007. </div>

The comments can be made via the Internet using the address: http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/food/food/biotechnology/authorisation/public_comments_en.htm 
The form is in English, but the comments can be made in your mother tongue.

The opinion of EFSA was published on 30.3.2007
An application has been made for authorization to place on the market for food and feed uses, food and feed containing, consisting of or produced from the genetically modified maize 59122.The scope of the application does not include cultivation. The genetically modified maize 59122 has been developed to tolerate certain coleopteran pests such as the western corn rootworm larvae and to tolerate glufosinate herbicide.

The European Commission makes its draft resolution about allowing the GM maize 59122 onto the market, taking into consideration amongst other things the opinion of EFSA and comments from the public. The opinion is found in its entirety on the EFSA Internet page, where documents related to the opinion are also published. http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/science/gmo/gm_ff_applications/more_info/809.html

The unofficial Finnish translation of EFSA’s opinion can be found on Evira’s Internet pages http://www.evira.fi/portal/fi/kasvintuotanto_ja_rehut/rehut/gmo/efsa_lle_jatetyt_hakemukset/efsa_n_tieteelliset_lausunnot/. In these pages you will also find information about the applications and procedures for authorization of genetically modified food and feed.

For more information, please contact:
Senior Officer Raili Laine, tel. +358 20 77 25207
Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira

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