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Agriculture: Maize

Volume 718: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the research data submitted in the Renessen dossiers for high lysine maize LY038xMON810 (EFSA-GMO-NL-2006-31 and 32) which were shown by other European Union national advisory committees in 2009 to have been defective. [HL2301]

These dossiers were submitted for the authorisation of two types of genetically modified maize (LY038 and MON810 x LY038) under Regulation (EC) No. 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is the body that has responsibility for the pre-market assessments under this regulation. The dossiers were both withdrawn by the applicant in April 2009 before EFSA completed its assessments. As this is a European Union process, no assessments were made in the United Kingdom.