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Commodity: Corn / Maize
Traits: Insect resistance
Russian Federation
Name of product applicant: Monsanto Company
Summary of application:

There were submitted (1) data enabling to identify the matter of research (species, variety, and the transformation event); (2) data on the initial parental organism and the donor organism for introduced genetic sequences;  (3) data on the genetic modification method, genetic construction, and the level of gene expression; (4) data on identification of GM maize line MON810 (identification methods, protocol of analysis, description of primers, reference materials); (5) data on registration of the GM line  in other countries and the results of safety assessment which conducted for registration purposes of GMO in other countries.

Date of authorization: 12/07/2000
Scope of authorization: Food
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Summary of the safety assessment (food safety):
By all examined parameters, the data of complex safety assessment of transgenic maize line MON 810 resistant to European corn borer attest to the absence of any toxic, genotoxic, immune system modulating, or allergenic effects of this maize line. By chemical composition, transgenic maize line MON 810 was identical to conventional maize. Based on the results of the studies, the State Sanitation Service of the Russian Federation (Department of State Sanitation and Epidemiological Inspectorate) granted the Registration Certificate which allows the transgenic maize line MON 810 to be used in the food industry and placed on the market without restrictions. More information is on P. 142-158 of monograph ”Genetically Modified Food Sources. Safety Assessment and Control”, published by Elsevier Inc. Academic Press in 2013, the uploaded file.
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Organization/agency name (Full name):
FSBI «Institute of Nutrition» RAMS
Contact person name:
Nadezhda Tyshko
Physical full address:
109240, Russia, Moscow, Ustinsky Proezd, 2/14
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Country introduction:

The development of the GMO safety assessment currently used in the Russian Federation started in 1995–1996. The methodological approaches to comprehensive complex medical and biological assessment of GMOs were developed in the Russian Federation with due regard for international and national experience as well as new scientific approaches based on the achievements of contemporary fundamental science: genomic and proteomic analysis, detection of DNA damage or mutagenic activity, identification of products of free-radical modifications of DNA or other sensitive biomarkers. GMO safety assessment is carried out for the state registration. Any novel food derived from plant GMO produced in Russia or imported into Russia for the first time is subject to the state registration . Guidance for safety assessment is specified in MU “Medico-Biological Safety Assessment of Plant Genetically Modified Organisms”. According to the accepted regulations,the human health assessment of a novel GMO to be placed on the domestic market includes the following: ■ Molecular assessment includes analysis of genetic construction, genetic modification method, and the gene expression level. ■ Technological assessment includes determination of organoleptic and functional properties, analysis of technological characteristics of the finished products. ■ Human health safety assessment includes several sections of required assessments: analysis of compositional equivalence and toxicological,genotoxicological, and allergological safety studies. ■ Methods for identification include qualitative and quantitative assay of GMO in food (studies targeted at determination of correspondence of these methods to those used in Russia in order to provide monitoring of use and labeling of GM food). The list and the scope of required studies is determined on the basis of analysis of information of the GMO submitted for registration; however, the above-mentioned studies are required. If significant changes in the GMO’s genome, proteome, or metabolome are shown, additional studies may be required to determine: biological value and absorbency reproductive effect; gonadotoxic, embryotoxic, teratotoxic effect; potential carcinogenic effect; lifetime, etc.

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Stacked events:

Russia follows the national Methodical Guidelines “Medical and biological safety assessment of genetically modified stack events of plant origin ”

Our position regarding GM stacks registration is very close to the EU approach.


Contact details of the competent authority(s) responsible for the safety assessment and the product applicant:

Federal Research Centre of nutrition and biotechnology Viktor A. Tutelyan Ustinsky proezd, 2/14 109240 Moscow, RUSSIA E-mail: Tel.:+7 495 698-53-60