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ACS-BNØØ5-8 X ACS-BNØØ3-6
Commodity: Canola / Oilseed rape / Rape Seed
Traits: Glufosinate tolerance
Singapore
Name of product applicant: Bayer
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Date of authorization: 12/12/2018
Scope of authorization: Food and feed
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Summary of the safety assessment (food safety):
Oilseed rape line MS8 x RF3 (ACS-BN005-8 x ACS-BN003-6) is tolerant to glufosinate-ammonium-containing herbicides and was developed by conventional breeding of MS8 (male sterile) and RF3 (restorer of fertility) oilseed rape lines. The genes, Bar and Barnase in MS8 confer tolerance to the herbicidal active ingredient glufosinate-ammonium, and male sterility, respectively. Oilseed rape RF3 is also tolerant to glufosinate-ammonium, and expresses a restorer of fertility as a consequence of the introduced genes Bar and Barstar, respectively. The Bar gene expresses the rape line MS8 X RF3 is fertile, and contains the Bar, Barstar and Barnase genes. The Bar gene expresses the phosphinothricin N-acetyltrnasferase enzyme that eliminates the activity of glufosinate herbicides by acetylation. The stability of the transgene inserts in MS8 and RF3 has been demonstrated over multiple generations. The newly expressed proteins Barnase, Barstar and PAT are non-toxic and non-allergenic to humans. Compositional analyses showed that Oilseed rape MS8 x RF3 is equivalent to its non-GM counterpart. Oilseed rape MS8 x RF3 is considered as safe as other oilseed rape varieties
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Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA)
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Dr Wong Kwok Onn
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52 Jurong Gateway Road, #14-01, Singapore 608550
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(65)68052895
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The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) is a Statutory Board established under the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) to oversee food safety and security. SFA’s mission is to ensure and secure a supply of safe food.  SFA adopts a risk-based approach to food safety. Foods with foodborne hazards that may pose potential food safety risks to consumers are subjected to more stringent checks, regardless of their country of origin. SFA has in place an integrated system to ensure that both imported and domestically produced foods are safe for consumption.  The system comprises control measures such as source accreditation, inspection and surveillance of food, laboratory analysis, food legislation and recall of food products, which safeguard food safety from farm to fork.

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Singapore Food Agency (SFA)