Genetically Modified Organisms
The Norwegian Committee for Food Safety (VKM) has performed an assessment of health and environmental risk of the genetically modified maize GA21. The assessment was performed in connection with EFSA´s public hearing of the renewal application EFSA-GMO-RX-005, on request from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority and the Norwegian Environment Agency.
The assessment of maize GA21 is based on information provided by the applicant in the application EFSA-GMO-RX-005, and relevant peer-reviewed scientific literature. The intended use of GA21 maize is to control weeds by providing tolerance to herbicides containing glyphosate.
Authorisations for the import of genetically modified (GM) food and feed into the European Union are granted by the European Commission and Member States for a period of 10 years. Applicants wishing to extend this period apply for a renewal. EFSA then evaluates whether or not the original risk assessment remains valid. VKM conducts its own review of the application and sends its comments to EFSA. EFSA then completes their scientific opinion based on information from the applicant, comments from EU/EEA member countries and independent literature. The scientific opinionis then issued to the European Commission.
Once the Commission issues final approval, VKM prepares a final health and environmental risk assessment of the organism on request from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority and the Norwegian Environment Agency.
VKM submitted their comments on application EFSA-GMO-RX-005 to EFSA August 1, 2017.