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Monsanto’s genetically modified maize safe for environment: EFSA report

FBR Staff Writer Published 16 April 2012

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has released a report, stating that the Monsanto’s MON810 genetically modified maize - an insect resistant strain of maize, does not cause any adverse effects on the environment, human and animal health.

The report was based on the data from the 2010 growing season. The report, known as Post-Market Environmental Monitoring (PMEM), was compiled by EFSA's Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms.

The Panel also noted that the results of the report are in line with findings of EFSA's previous assessment on maize MON810 cultivation for the 2009 season, reported Foodnavigator.com

This finding will affect the French government's effort to ban the crop. Recently, France asked the European Commission to ban Monsanto's MON810, stating that the genetically modified maize was a serious risk to the environment.