An opinion of EFSA on a genetically modified potato EH92-527-1 for food and feed uses has been published. The public has the opportunity to make comments


<div>The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has assessed the safety of a genetically modified amylopectin starch potato EH92-527-1 for food and feed uses in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 of the European Parliament and the Council on genetically modified food and feed. The public may make comments to the European Commission on this opinion in their mother tongue within 30 days, or until 9.12.2006. </div>

The comments can be made via the Internet on the address  

Opinion of the European Food Safety Authority 10.11.2006:
The scope of this application is genetically modified potato EH92-527-1 for food and feed uses, food and feed containing, consisting of or produced from potato EH92-527-1. The scope does not include cultivation. The GM potato EH92-527-1 has been developed for amylopectin production and contains a higher amylopectin/amylose ratio. Amylopectin starch potatoes are mainly being used in technical non-food products. By-products of the starch extraction process are used for other purposes including animal feed (e.g. pulp) or for other conventional non-food purposes (e.g. potato juice used as soil fertilizer). The GM potato tubers are not intended for direct human consumption.

The European Commission makes its draft resolution about allowing the GM potato 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.

More about GM food and feed authorisation

and EFSA opinions
http://www.efs No 1829/2003

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


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