EU & Gentechnik Newsletter

This newsletter provides an overview of current developments in the EU and related Testbiotech activities.

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Most important topics:

Leading expert of EFSA – sponsored by Monsanto? / Activities regarding “Toxic soybeans” / Spain: Teosinte-maize hybrids out in the fields / EU authorises five genetically engineered crops / EU Parliament against approval of new soybeans

Current Issues and Activities:
  • Leading expert of EFSA – sponsored by Monsanto?
  • Activities regarding “Toxic soybeans” (I): EU to decide on the import of new genetically engineered soybeans
  • Activities regarding “Toxic soybeans” (II): Germany abstained in vote on import of new genetically engineered soybeans
  • Activities regarding “Toxic soybeans” (III): Testbiotech files legal case against the EU authorisation of 'toxic soybeans' produced by Bayer & Monsanto'
  • Aliens' in Spain: Teosinte-maize hybrids are out in the fields
  • Glyphosate: Industry blackmailing the EU
  • Testbiotech comment on EFSA opinion regarding herbicide-tolerant soybean DAS-44406-6 by Dow AgroSciences
  • Testbiotech comment on EFSA opinion on herbicide-tolerant soybean DAS-68416-4
  • Testbiotech comment on EFSA opinion on herbicide-tolerant soybean FG72 x A5547-127
  • Testbiotech comment on EFSA opinion on herbicide-tolerant oilseed rape MON 88302 x MS8 x RF3
Scientific news:
News from EFSA:
  • Risk assessment of new sequencing information on genetically modified soybean event 40-3-2
  • Risk assessment of new sequencing information on genetically modified soybean event 305423
  • Scientific Opinion on maize MON 87427 × MON 89034 × 1507 × MON 88017 × 59122 and subcombinations by Monsanto
  • Scientific Opinion on maize MON 87427 × MON 89034 × NK603 and sub-combinations by Monsanto
  • Scientific opinion on maize 59122 by Pioneer and Dow AgroSciences
  • New Guidance for securing EFSA independence
  • Guidance on allergenicity assessment of genetically modified plants
  • Literature review of baseline information to support the risk assessment of RNAi-based GM plants
  • Relevance of a new scientific publication (Mesnage et al., 2016) on previous EFSA GMO Panel conclusions on the risk assessment of maize NK603
  • Annual post-market environmental monitoring (PMEM) report on the cultivation of genetically modified maize MON 810 in 2015 from Monsanto
  • EFSA opinion on application regarding glufosinate-ammonium- and glyphosate-tolerant oilseed rape MON 88302 × MS8 × RF3 by Monsanto
New admissions:
  • EU authorises five genetically engineered crops
  • Votes on import of genetically engineered soybean DAS-68416-4: no qualified majority
  • Votes on import of genetically engineered soybean DAS-44406-6 and FG72 x A5547-127: no qualified majority
Other:
  • EU Parliament against the approval of new genetically engineered soybeans

Weitere EU News

Testbiotech EU Newsletter 2/2017 (August 2017)

Most important topics

Leading expert of EFSA – sponsored by Monsanto? / Activities regarding “Toxic soybeans” / 'Aliens' in Spain: Teosinte-maize hybrids are out in the fields / EU authorises five GE crops / EU Parliament against approval of new soybean

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 1/2017 (April 2017)

Most important topics

Vote on cultivation of genetically engineered maize, Soybean 'Intacta': Appeal filed at the European Court of Justice, Testbiotech critical of the newly drafted policy on EFSA independence, Cloned cattle entering the EU, New paper on 'Golden Rice'

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 4/2016 (December 2016)

Most important topics

EU Court of Justice throws out legal action against genetically engineered soybeans / Dossier: Cultivation of genetically engineered maize in the EU has to be suspended / New scientific papers on metabolic changes in genetically engineered plants and con

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 3/2016 (November 2016)

Most important topics

Complaint against EU authorisation for 'toxic soybeans' / Genetically engineered maize can give rise to superweeds / International research project / Golden Rice: Nobel Prize laureates caught up in sales campaign for biotech company?

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 2/2016 (July 2016)

Most important topics

Court cases against EU Commission / Actions against patents on apes / Conflicts of interest at EFSA / Transgenic maize in Spain could spread uncontrollably / New report on risk assessment of genetically engineered plants

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 1/2016 (March 2016)

Most important topics

New round of “Stop the toxic soybeans” call / Toxicological dossier on combinatorial effects of pesticides / Report on genetically engineered animals / New conflict of interest case at EFSA

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 4/2015 (October 2015)

Most important topics

New round of “Stop the toxic soybeans” call / Legal dossier on new techniques in genetic engineering / Large majority of EU Member States choosing to opt-out for cultivation / New report on the uncontrolled spread of genetically engineered organisms

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 3/2015 (July 2015)

Most important topics

Complaint against market authorisation of genetically engineered plants / EU Commission does not intend to stop cultivation of MON810 / EU research projects: upcoming metings / New EFSA guidance / EFSA assesses new study on maize MON810

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 2/2015

Most important topics

Pending mass authorisation of genetically engineered plants for import / Authorisation of GE maize 1507 delayed / Glyphosate might cause cancer / Complaint filed against EU project GRACE

Current Issues and Activities

  • Complaint against GRACE project
  • Authorisation of GE maize 1507 delayed
  • EU Parliament keeps up the pressure on EFSA
  • EU Commission plans for the mass authorisation of genetically engineered plants
  • EU project PRICE under criticism
  • Cibus RTDS oilseed rape controversy

Scientific news :

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 1/2015

Most important topics

13 genetically engineered plants waiting for approval for import / / EU Project GRACE under criticism

Current Issues and Activities

  • Free trade agreements CETA and TTIP and the consequences for GM crops in the EU
  • GRACE feeding study
  • Glyphosate Review
  • Controversy over Chief Scientific Adviser to the European Commission
  • EU opt-out rules

Recent comments from Testbiotech on the work of the European Food Safety Authority

  • Import approval for 13 GM plants pending
  • GMO cotton 15985
  • EFSA guidance (Guidance) to evaluate agronomic / phenotypic characteristics of genetically modified plants
  • EFSA Guidance on the examination of applications for renewal of approval for GM crops.

Votes on EU registrations

  • oilseed rape MON88302
  • cotton Llcotton25xGHB614
  • cotton MON89913
  • soybean MON87769

New EFSA opinions
Cultivation bans in France and Bulgaria, import of carnations and feeding studies

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