EFSA statement on the recent CRIIGEN [1] publication on MON 863 maize -UPDATE

Press Release
26 March 2007

The European Commission has requested that EFSA examine the recently published CRIIGEN study on genetically modified maize MON 863, to identify any consequences for EFSA’s existing opinion [2] on the safety of MON 863 as regards food and feed safety. This subject was discussed at EFSA’s GMO Panel meeting on March 22/23. EFSA will be consulting Member States to ascertain whether there is any further relevant data that may also help inform its response to the Commission. This work will take a few weeks. Based on the work of the GMO Panel, and input from Member States, EFSA will then give its considered response to the Commission. This will address the statistical analysis in this study and any possible implications.