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Commodity: Sugarcane
Traits: Herbicide tolerance
Name of product applicant: Estación Experimental Agroindustrial Obispo Colombres (EEAOC)
Summary of application:

The sugarcane plants TUC-873RH-7 have been genetically modified to express the CP4 EPSPS protein that intervenes in the metabolic pathway of shikimate, involved in the biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids. The CP4 EPSPS enzyme has a reduced affinity for glyphosate compared to endogenous EPSPS, allowing the production of aromatic amino acids and as a consequence the survival of plants that produce this protein, treated with glyphosate.
The nptII gene was isolated from the Tn5 transposon of the bacterium Escherichia coli K12 and confers resistance to a group of antibiotics such as kanamycin, neomycin, paramomycin and geneticin, which allows the selection of genetically transformed cells.
The transformation was carried out by direct transfer of DNA to plant cells by bombardment with microprojectiles of tungsten (biobalistic).

Date of authorization: 23/09/2015
Scope of authorization: Food and feed
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Summary of the safety assessment (food safety):
• Inheritance studies conducted indicated that Mendelian segregation exists. • New expression proteins are expressed at low levels in leaf tissue. • It is substantially equivalent to its non-transgenic counterpart. • No evidence of similarity or homology was found with known toxic proteins. • There is no evidence of expression of known allergenic substances for the proteins expressed in the event in question. It is concluded that the sugarcane event TUC-873RH-7 is substantially equivalent to its conventional counterpart, so it is as safe and no less nutritious than its conventional counterpart.
Where detection method protocols and appropriate reference material (non-viable, or in certain circumstances, viable) suitable for low-level situation may be obtained:
Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment: Decision Document - Safety Assessment Summary
GMO approvals for food/feed
Food and feed safety asssessment of GMOs - Argentina
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Organization/agency name (Full name):
Ministerio de Agroindustria
Contact person name:
Andrés Maggi
Physical full address:
Paseo Colón Avenue 367, 3° floor, City of Buenos Aires
Phone number:
54 11 5222 5986
Fax number:
Country introduction:

In Argentina, the food and feed risk assessment process of transformation events, as the result of modern biotechnology, is carried out by the National Service for Agrifood Health and Quality (Senasa). The General Office of Biotechnology, is the area responsible for carrying out this task. It has an specific professional team and the advise of a Technical Advisory Committee composed of experts from several scientific disciplines representing different sectors involved in the production, industrialization, consumption, research and development of genetically modified organisms.

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Stacked events:

Stacked events with all single events approved, are assessed as a new event, but with much less requirements, always on a case-by-case basis.

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

National Service for Agrifood Health and Quality (Senasa)