Testbiotech comment on EFSA GMO Panel Scientific Opinion on genetically engineered oilseed rape 73496 for food and feed uses, under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 (application EFSA-GMO-NL-2012-109) from Pioneer

TESTBIOTECH Background 17 - 7 - 2021

Oilseed rape 73496 is genetically engineered to be herbicide-resistant to glyphosate. The oilseed rape expresses the glyphosate acetyltransferase protein GAT4621. Glyphosate inhibits the enzyme enolpyruvulshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (EPSPS), which is involved in the biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids. GAT proteins acetylate glyphosate giving rise to N-acetyl glyphosate, which has no herbicidal activity.

Implementing Regulation 503/2013 was not applied in this case.

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