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EFSA clears 59122/NK603 maize

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has given safety clearance to genetically modified 59122/NK603 maize for import, processing and use in food and feed. The EFSA opinion is a stage in the EU assessment of the application, which was submitted by DuPont subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred International. The stacked-trait maize combines Dow AgroSciences'/ DuPont's corn rootworm-resistant and glufosinate-tolerant 59122 (Herculex RW) line with Monsanto's glyphosate-tolerant NK603 line. Herculex RW was approved in the EU in 2007 ( Agrow No 531, p 9), while NK603 maize has held EU approval since 2004 ( Agrow No 460, p 10). The application will go forward for consideration by the European Commission and EU member states.

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