Genetically Modified Organisms
The Norwegian Committee for Food Safety (VKM) has performed a preliminary assessment of health and environmental risk of the genetically modified soybean DAS-68416-4 x MON 89788. The assessment was performed in connection with EFSA´s public hearing of application EFSA/GMO/NL/2013/115, on request from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority and the Norwegian Environment Agency.
The assessment of soybean DAS-68416-4 x MON 89788 is based on information provided by the applicant in the application EFSA/GMO/NL/2013/115, and relevant peer-reviewed scientific literature.
When a company seeks approval of a genetically modified organism in the EU, the application is submitted to the national competent authority of a Member State, which forwards the application to EFSA. EFSA then submits the application for a public hearing across all EEA and EU countries. 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 opinion is then issued to the European Commission.
Once the Commission issues final approval, VKM then 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/NL/2013/115 to EFSA May 10.