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Testbiotech assesses opinion of the EFSA on genetically engineered oilseed rape GT73

Monday, 1 February 2010
Munich/ Parma

Experts at Testbiotech have filed a statement to the EU Commission on an opinion given by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The statement concerns the genetically engineered oilseed rape GT73 produced by the US company Monsanto. This oilseed rape is genetically engineered to tolerate the herbicide glyphosate (also known under its brand name Roundup). The EFSA delivered a favourable opinion to allow further imports for use in the food chain. GT73 was assessed once before by the EFSA in 2004 (for details see: EFSA GMO watch, link).

Close EFSA's open doors to industry!

Joint letter sent by NGOs to alert the EU Commission
Thursday, 21 January 2010
Munich / Brussels

Four NGOs, Testbiotech, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO Brussels), Friends of the Earth Europe (FOE), and Lobbycontrol are now jointly addressing the EU Commission about a scandal involving a leading member of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) who moved directly into the agribusiness company Syngenta. They are calling for a thorough investigation of the circumstances and urging the commission to take immediate action.

Head of department moves from European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to biotech company within two months

Authorities react only after Testbiotech disclosures
Thursday, 14 January 2010
Munich / Parma

The former head of the GMO-panel at the European Food Safety Authority EFSA, Suzy Renckens, has moved directly into the genetic engineering industry without any objections or restrictions being imposed by the authority. This was revealed in documents sent by the EFSA upon request to the group of experts at Testbiotech, Germany.

Approval procedure for genetically engineered maize LY038 stopped for safety reasons?

Monsanto and Cargill withdraw joint application after EFSA concerns
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Munich, Parma

The company of Renessen (a Monsanto and Cargill international joint venture) withdrew its application for market authorisation of the genetically engineered maize LY038. The decision was taken in April 2009, but was made public just recently by several stakeholders. According to documents received by Testbiotech e. V., the European Food Safety Authority, EFSA, raised safety concerns related to the maize. Prior to the withdrawal the EFSA wrote several letters to Renessen asking for more information on the risk assessment of this product.

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