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
The comments can be made via the Internet on the address http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/food/food/biotechnology/authorisation/public_comments_en.htm
Opinion of the European Food Safety Authority
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 http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/science/gmo/gm_ff_applications/more_info/909.html, where documents related to the opinion are also published.
More about GM food and feed authorisation
For more information, please contact:
Senior Officer Raili Laine, tel. 020 77 25207
Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira