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MON-877Ø8-9
Commodity: Soyabean / Soybeans
Traits: Dicamba tolerance
European Union
Name of product applicant: Monsanto Europe S.A.
Summary of application:

Genetically modified soybean MON-877Ø8-9 expresses the DMO (dicamba mono-oxygenase) proteins which confer tolerance to dicamba-based herbicides.


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1) Foods and food ingredients containing, consisting of, or produced from MON-877Ø8-9 soybean
2) Feed containing, consisting or produced from MON-877Ø8-9 soybean
3) Products other than food and feed containing or consisting of MON-877Ø8-9 soybean for the same uses as any other soybean with the exception of cultivation

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Date of authorization: 24/04/2015
Scope of authorization: Food and feed
Links to the information on the same product in other databases maintained by relevant international organizations, as appropriate. (We recommend providing links to only those databases to which your country has officially contributed.): EU Register of authorised GMOs
Summary of the safety assessment (food safety):
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Method for detection: Event specific real-time PCR based method for the quantification of soybean MON-877Ø8-9. Validated on by the EU Reference Laboratory established under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003. Reference material: AOCS 0311-A and AOCS 0906-A are accessible via the American Oil Chemists Society. Relevant links are provided below.
Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment: Opinion of the European Food Safety Authority
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Authorization expiration date (a blank field means there is no expiration date) 26/04/2025
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European Union
Contact person name:
Alexandre Huchelmann
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European Commission B232 04/106 1047 Brussels
Phone number:
3222954092
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The process for authorising a new GMO is based on the EU regulation on GM food and feed (1829/2003). An application for authorising food or feed consisting of or made from a GMO must be submitted to the national authorities. The national authority then sends the application to the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) for a risk assessment. EFSA then makes the application summary available to the public. No matter where in the EU the company applies, EFSA assesses the risks the GMO presents for the environment, human health and animal safety. If the application covers cultivation, EFSA delegates the environmental risk assessment to an EU country which sends EFSA its risk assessment report. After performing the risk assessment, EFSA submits its scientific opinion to the European Commission and to EU countries. The opinion is made available to the public, except for certain confidential aspects. Once EFSA publishes its risk assessment, the public has 30 days to comment on the Commission website for applications under Reg. 1829/2003, and on the Joint Research Centre website on the assessment report of the "lead" EU country for applications under Directive 2001/18. Within 3 months of receiving EFSA's opinion, the Commission grants or refuses the authorisation in a proposal. If it differs from EFSA’s opinion, it must explain why. National representatives approve the Commission’s proposal by qualified majority in: (1) The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health if the application was submitted under Reg. 1829/2003; (2) The Regulatory Committee under Directive 2001/18/EC if the application was submitted under Dir. 2001/18. The proposal is adopted if the Committee agrees with it. If there is no opinion, the Commission may summon an Appeal Committee where EU countries can adopt or reject the proposal. If the Appeal Committee makes no decision, the Commission may adopt its proposal. Authorisations are valid for 10 years (renewable).

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Australia
Name of product applicant: Monsanto Australia Ltd
Summary of application:
A genetically modified (GM) soybean line, MON87708 has been developed that provides tolerance to the herbicide dicamba. This modification will provide soybean growers with a broader weed management strategy.
Tolerance to dicamba is achieved through expression of the enzyme dicamba monooxygenase (DMO) encoded by the dmo gene derived from the common soil bacterium Stenotrophomonas maltophilia. The DMO protein has not previously been assessed by FSANZ.
It is anticipated that soybean plants containing event MON87708 may be grown in the United States of America and Canada subject to approval. There is no plan to grow the line in Australia or New Zealand.
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Date of authorization: 24/05/2012
Scope of authorization: Food
Links to the information on the same product in other databases maintained by relevant international organizations, as appropriate. (We recommend providing links to only those databases to which your country has officially contributed.): OECD BioTrack Product Database
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Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment: Application A1063 - Food derived from Herbicide-tolerant Soybean MON87708
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Organization/agency name (Full name):
Food Standards Australia New Zealand
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Physical full address:
Level 4, 15 Lancaster Place, Majura Park ACT 2609, Australia
Phone number:
+61 2 6271 2222
Fax number:
+61 2 6271 2278
Country introduction:

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is the regulatory agency responsible for the development of food standards in Australia and New Zealand. The main office (approximately 115 staff) is located in Canberra (in the Australian Capital Territory) and the smaller New Zealand office (approximately 10 staff) is located in Wellington on the North Island.

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FSANZ does not: Separately assess food from stacked event lines where food from the GM parents has already been approved; Mandate notification of stacked events by developers; Notify the public of stacked event ‘approvals’; List food derived from stacked event lines in the Code, unless the stacked event line has been separately assessed as a single line e.g. Application A518: MXB-13 cotton (DAS-21023-5 x DAS-24236-5)

No separate approval or safety assessment is necessary for foods derived from a stacked GM line that is the result of traditional breeding between a number of GM parent lines for which food has already been approved. Food from the parent lines must be listed in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. The parent lines may contain any number of different genes. If food from any of the GM parent lines has not been approved, then a full pre-market safety assessment of food from the stacked line must be undertaken.

No separate approval is required for food derived from a line that is the product of a GM line, for which food has been approved, crossed traditionally with a non-GM line.

Where a single line containing a number of genes has been produced as a result of direct gene technology methods (rather than traditional crossing) then food derived from the line must undergo a full pre-market safety assessment before approval can be given

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

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) (http://www.foodstandards.gov.au)

Brazil
Name of product applicant: Monsanto do Brasil Ltda
Summary of application:

Commercial release of soybean Genetically modified for dicamba tolerance MON87708.

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Date of authorization: 08/12/2016
Scope of authorization: Food and feed
Links to the information on the same product in other databases maintained by relevant international organizations, as appropriate. (We recommend providing links to only those databases to which your country has officially contributed.): ISAAA
Summary of the safety assessment (food safety):
1 - No risk of the MON 87708 event was identified as a weed after the Process, the insertion and expression of the new genetic Metabolic alteration was observed in plants; 2 - There was also no higher incidence of disease or damage when MON 87708 Compared to conventional soybeans. The agronomic characteristics also did not reveal differences that Could indicate that MON 87708 is more susceptible to disease; 3- Based on the evaluation of the gene product, donor organism, chemical composition, interactions Environmental characteristics, pollen characteristics, exposure of MON 87708 soybean without causing adverse Non-target organisms; 4 - MON 87708 soy does not cause an increased risk of gene flow or gene introgression Inserted for other varieties; 5. That the possibility of horizontal gene transfer of the new material inserted into the MON 87708 soybean is extremely low, therefore, an increase in disease, damage, including The appearance of new lines more aggressive to the environment, human and animal use. 7- MON 87708 soy is approved in the USA (2015), Canada (2012) and Japan (2012 in Japan For open field cultivation) for planting, human and animal use (http://www.isaaa.org - updated in 10 August 2016). Industrialized products containing the MON 87708 soybean have already been Countries such as the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, South, Taiwan, Japan and the Philippines for human and animal consumption.
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Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment: CTNBio
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Authorization expiration date (a blank field means there is no expiration date) not aplicable
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Organization/agency name (Full name):
National Biosafety Technical Commission
Contact person name:
Maria Sueli Felipe Soares
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Physical full address:
SPO Area 5 Qd 3 Bl B S 10.1 Brasilia DF
Phone number:
556134115516
Fax number:
556133177475
Country introduction:

Brazil had the first biosafety law approved in 1995. After the identification of the need to improve the biosafety system of Brazilian genetically modified organisms, a new law was published. The Law 11.105 / 05 establishes a technical committee dedicated to the analysis of the safety aspects of genetically modified organisms and a council of ministers that is dedicated to the analysis of the socioeconomic aspects of the commercial release of genetically modified organisms. In this context, Brazil already has several commercial products that involve genetically modified organisms (plants, human and veterinary vaccines, microorganisms for fuel production) and products derived from new genetic modification techniques.

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At the discretion of, and upon consultation with, CTNBio, a new analysis and issuance of technical opinion may be released on GMOs containing more than one event, combined through classic genetic improvement and which have been previously approved for commercial release by CTNBio

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

Dr. Edivaldo Domingues Velini (President of national Biosafety Commission)

Canada
Name of product applicant: Monsanto Canada Inc.
Summary of application:

Monsanto Canada developed Dicamba Tolerant Soybean MON 87708 by modifying a proprietary, commercial soybean variety (A3525) using recombinant DNA techniques to introduce the dicamba mono-oxygenase (dmo) coding sequence derived from the bacterium Stenotrophomonas maltophilia. The sequence codes for the DMO protein which catalyzes the demethylation of the herbicide Dicamba to the non-herbicidal compounds 3,6-dicholorosalicylic acid (DCSA) and formaldehyde.

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Date of authorization: 12/10/2012
Scope of authorization: Food and feed
Links to the information on the same product in other databases maintained by relevant international organizations, as appropriate. (We recommend providing links to only those databases to which your country has officially contributed.): BioTrack Product Database
Summary of the safety assessment (food safety):
Please see decision document weblinks.
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Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment: Novel Foods Decision
Novel Feeds Decision
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Organization/agency name (Full name):
Health Canada
Contact person name:
Neil Strand
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Physical full address:
251 Sir Frederick Banting Driveway, Tunney's Pasture, PL 2204A1
Phone number:
613-946-1317
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Country introduction:

Federal responsibility for the regulations dealing with foods sold in Canada, including novel foods, is shared by Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Health Canada is responsible for establishing standards and policies governing the safety and nutritional quality of foods and developing labelling policies related to health and nutrition. The CFIA develops standards related to the packaging, labelling and advertising of foods, and handles all inspection and enforcement duties. The CFIA also has responsibility for the regulation of seeds, veterinary biologics, fertilizers and livestock feeds. More specifically, CFIA is responsible for the regulations and guidelines dealing with cultivating plants with novel traits and dealing with livestock feeds and for conducting the respective safety assessments, whereas Health Canada is responsible for the regulations and guidelines pertaining to novel foods and for conducting safety assessments of novel foods.

The mechanism by which Health Canada controls the sale of novel foods in Canada is the mandatory pre-market notification requirement as set out in Division 28 of Part B of the Food and Drug Regulations.

Manufacturers or importers are required under these regulations to submit information to Health Canada regarding the product in question so that a determination can be made with respect to the product's safety prior to sale. The safety criteria for the assessment of novel foods outlined in the current guidance document (i.e. Canadian Guidelines for the Safety Assessment of Novel Foods) were derived from internationally established scientific principles and guidelines developed through the work of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Codex Alimentarius Commission. These guidelines provide for both the rigour and the flexibility required to determine the need for notification and to conduct the safety assessment of the broad range of food products being developed. This flexibility is needed to allow novel foods and food products to be assessed on a case-by-case basis and to take into consideration future scientific advances.

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Food: Consistent with the definition of "novel food" in Division 28 of the Food and Drug Regulations, the progeny derived from the conventional breeding of approved genetically modified plants (one or both parents are genetically modified) would not be classified as a novel food unless some form of novelty was introduced into such progeny as a result of the cross, hence triggering the requirement for pre-market notification under Division 28. For example, notification may be required for modifications observed in the progeny that result in a change of existing characteristics of the plant that places those characteristics outside of the accepted range, or, that introduce new characteristics not previously observed in that plant (e.g. a major change has occurred in the expression levels of traits when stacked). In addition, the use of a wild species (interspecific cross) not having a history of safe use in the food supply in the development of a new plant line may also require notification to Health Canada. However, molecular stacks are considered new events and are considered to be notifiable as per Division 28.

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

Neil Strand, Section Head of Novel Foods

Colombia
Name of product applicant: Compañia Agricola S.A.S
Summary of application:

Authorization of the genetically modified maize MON87708 olerant to herbicide Dicamba

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Date of authorization: 22/04/2015
Scope of authorization: Food
Links to the information on the same product in other databases maintained by relevant international organizations, as appropriate. (We recommend providing links to only those databases to which your country has officially contributed.):
Summary of the safety assessment (food safety):
Based on the risk assessment, it can be concluded that the event shows the same risks as its conventional counterpart. Therefore the National Technical Biosafety Committee for GMO use exclusively in Health and human consumption (CTNSalud) recommends its authorization.
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Organization/agency name (Full name):
Ministerio de salud y proteccion social
Contact person name:
Daniel Rubio
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Physical full address:
Carrera 13 No. 32- 76 piso 12, Bogotá
Phone number:
330 5000 ext 1256
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The 4525 decree of 2005, established the Ministry of Health and Social Protection as the competent authority for GMO for health and food purposes and creates the National Biosafety Technical Committee for GMO's used in health and food purposes (CTNSalud).

The CTNSalud is composed by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, the National Food and Drug Surveillance Institute (INVIMA) and the Technology and Innovation Administrative Department (COLCIENCIAS). This committee is responsible for the assesment of risk assessments; to inquire for any additional information; assessment of any measurements in accordance to the Cartagena Protocol; and the recommendation for the authorization of GMO for health or food purposes.

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Colombia
Name of product applicant: Compañía Agrícola S.A.S
Summary of application:

GMO authorization for MON88708 soy as food for direct use or processing.

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Date of authorization: 30/09/2020
Scope of authorization: Food
Links to the information on the same product in other databases maintained by relevant international organizations, as appropriate. (We recommend providing links to only those databases to which your country has officially contributed.):
Summary of the safety assessment (food safety):
Based on the risk assessment, it can be concluded that the event shows the same risks as its conventional counterpart. Therefore, the National Technical Committee for GMO use exclusively in health and human consumption (CTNSalud) recommends its authorization.
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Organization/agency name (Full name):
Ministerio de salud y proteccion social
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Daniel Rubio
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Physical full address:
Carrera 13 No. 32- 76 piso 12, Bogotá
Phone number:
330 5000 ext 1256
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Country introduction:

The 4525 decree of 2005, established the Ministry of Health and Social Protection as the competent authority for GMO for health and food purposes and creates the National Biosafety Technical Committee for GMO's used in health and food purposes (CTNSalud).

The CTNSalud is composed by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, the National Food and Drug Surveillance Institute (INVIMA) and the Technology and Innovation Administrative Department (COLCIENCIAS). This committee is responsible for the assesment of risk assessments; to inquire for any additional information; assessment of any measurements in accordance to the Cartagena Protocol; and the recommendation for the authorization of GMO for health or food purposes.

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Indonesia
Name of product applicant: Monsanto Indonesia (PT. Branita Sandhini
Summary of application:

Genetically modified soybean MON-877Ø8-9 expresses the DMO (dicamba mono-oxygenase) proteins which confer tolerance to dicamba-based herbicides

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Date of authorization: 13/10/2015
Scope of authorization: Food
Links to the information on the same product in other databases maintained by relevant international organizations, as appropriate. (We recommend providing links to only those databases to which your country has officially contributed.):
Summary of the safety assessment (food safety):
Please refer to the document (in Indonesian)
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Organization/agency name (Full name):
Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and De
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Sustiprijatno
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Physical full address:
BB Biogen Jl Tentara Pelajar 3A Bogor 16111 Indonesia
Phone number:
+622518333440
Fax number:
+622518334420
Country introduction:
  1. Indonesia has  ratified Protocol  on Biosafety to the  Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) through the Indonesian Law No. 21 / 2004.  In the implementation, biosafety  assessment for GM products, based on Goverment Regulation Number 21 /2005, Indonesia  has regulated GM products on  several items including : product kinds and requrements, research and developement,  product importation,  product assessment, release and distribution, supervision and monitoring, and institution and financing. We have also Law for food  No. 18 /2012 which also consists of regulation for GM food.
  2. Indonesia already have procedure /application on GMO  biosafety assessment and National Authorized Institution who conducting  the biosafety  assessment .  Each GM food  should have authorization from Goverment  before it can be released and distributed. An application for authorisation for new  GM food  should be submited to  Biosafety Commision  through related Ministry or authorised Non Departement Goverment Agency (LPND) . Biosafety Commision, then sends the application to the National Agency for Drug and Food Control (Badan POM) for technical team to evaluate  the GM food safety.  The recommendation by technical team will be sent  back  to Biosafety Commision. The recommendation and GM Food safety certificate will be released by Biosafety Commision to the applicant through  related ministry or LPND.  
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Contact details of the competent authority(s) responsible for the safety assessment and the product applicant:

National Agency of Food and Drug Control (BPOM): http://www.pom.go.id/new/home/en

Indonesia
Name of product applicant: Monsanto Indonesia (PT. Branita Sandhini)
Summary of application:

A genetically modified (GM) soybean line MON-87708 has been developed by Monsanto Company to be tolerant to dicamba-based herbicide through the expression of dmo gene to produce dicamba mono-oxygenase enzyme and tolerant to glyphosate herbicide is achieved through expression of the enzyme 5-enolpyruvyl-3-shikimatephosphate synthase (CP4 EPSPS).

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Date of authorization: 13/10/2015
Scope of authorization: Food
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Summary of the safety assessment (food safety):
Please see the attached documents (in Indonesian)
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Organization/agency name (Full name):
Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and De
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Sustiprijatno
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Physical full address:
BB Biogen Jl Tentara Pelajar 3A Bogor 16111 Indonesia
Phone number:
+622518333440
Fax number:
+622518334420
Country introduction:
  1. Indonesia has  ratified Protocol  on Biosafety to the  Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) through the Indonesian Law No. 21 / 2004.  In the implementation, biosafety  assessment for GM products, based on Goverment Regulation Number 21 /2005, Indonesia  has regulated GM products on  several items including : product kinds and requrements, research and developement,  product importation,  product assessment, release and distribution, supervision and monitoring, and institution and financing. We have also Law for food  No. 18 /2012 which also consists of regulation for GM food.
  2. Indonesia already have procedure /application on GMO  biosafety assessment and National Authorized Institution who conducting  the biosafety  assessment .  Each GM food  should have authorization from Goverment  before it can be released and distributed. An application for authorisation for new  GM food  should be submited to  Biosafety Commision  through related Ministry or authorised Non Departement Goverment Agency (LPND) . Biosafety Commision, then sends the application to the National Agency for Drug and Food Control (Badan POM) for technical team to evaluate  the GM food safety.  The recommendation by technical team will be sent  back  to Biosafety Commision. The recommendation and GM Food safety certificate will be released by Biosafety Commision to the applicant through  related ministry or LPND.  
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Contact details of the competent authority(s) responsible for the safety assessment and the product applicant:

National Agency of Food and Drug Control (BPOM): http://www.pom.go.id/new/home/en

Japan
Name of product applicant: Monsanto Japan Ltd.
Summary of application:

Soybean line MON87708 has been genetially modified to be tolerant to dicamba herbicide (modified dmo, Glycine max (L.) Merr.).

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Date of authorization: 03/10/2013
Scope of authorization: Food and feed
Links to the information on the same product in other databases maintained by relevant international organizations, as appropriate. (We recommend providing links to only those databases to which your country has officially contributed.): OECD BioTrack Product Database
Summary of the safety assessment (food safety):
Please see the links below (in Japanese).
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Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment: Food safety assessment performed by Food Safety Commission of Japan (in Japanese), Food
Food safety assessment performed by Food Safety Commission of Japan (in Japanese), Feed
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Organization/agency name (Full name):
Food Safety Commission Secretariat,Cabinet Office,
Contact person name:
Mariko Murakami
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Physical full address:
Akasaka 5-2-20 Minato Ward,Tokyo,Japan
Phone number:
81 3 6234 1122
Fax number:
81 3 3584 7392
Country introduction:
Safety assessments of GM foods are mandatory under the Food Sanitation Law in Japan. The Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW) legally imposes safety assessments of GM foods so that those that have not undergone safety assessments would not be distributed in the country. MHLW receives application and requests the Food Safety COmmission of Japan (FSCJ) to evaluate the safety of GM foods in terms of human health. Safety assessments are carried out by FSCJ.
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With regard to stacked events, FSCJ conducts the safety assessment of GM food based on the “Policies Regarding the Safety Assessment of Stacked Varieties of Genetically Modified Plants”.

Even if single events that are stacked have already approved, some products will be considered as new products and some will not.

Please refer to Article 5 and 6 of the MHLW’s notice, which is available at the following URL, for the details.

http://www.mhlw.go.jp/file/06-Seisakujouhou-11130500-Shokuhinanzenbu/0000053519.pdf

Article 6 was modified in 2014, and the modified version is available at the following URL.

http://www.mhlw.go.jp/file/06-Seisakujouhou-11130500-Shokuhinanzenbu/0000049695.pdf

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

Food Safety Commission of Japan (http://www.fsc.go.jp/english/index.html), Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/policy/health-medical/food/index.html)

Malaysia
Name of product applicant: Monsanto Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.
Summary of application:

Please refer to the NBB Decision Document

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Date of authorization: 10/12/2019
Scope of authorization: Food and feed
Links to the information on the same product in other databases maintained by relevant international organizations, as appropriate. (We recommend providing links to only those databases to which your country has officially contributed.): Department of Biosafety Malaysia
CBD Biosafety Clearing House
Summary of the safety assessment (food safety):
Please refer to the Risk Assessment Report
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Organization/agency name (Full name):
Department of Biosafety Malaysia
Contact person name:
Dr. Anita Anthonysamy
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Physical full address:
Department of Biosafety Ministry of Environment and Water Level 4, Block F11, Complex F Lebuh Perdana Timur, Precinct 1 62000 Putrajaya, Malaysia
Phone number:
+60380917322
Fax number:
+60380917371
Country introduction:

GM food safety assessment is a requirement by law under the Biosafety Act 2007 in Malaysia. The National Biosafety Board reviews and makes decisions on events based on a scientific/technical risk assessment, policy considerations as well as public input. The decisions and its related documents made are publicly available through the Malaysian Department of Biosafety Website and the Convention of Biological Diversity Biosafety Clearing House.

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

Department of Biosafety Malaysia, Level 1, Podium 2, Wisma Sumber Asli No. 25, Persiaran Perdana, Precinct 4 Putrajaya, Federal Territory Malaysia, 62574. Phone: +603 8886 1746 / 1579. Fax: +603-8889 5604 Email: [email protected] Url: www. biosafety.gov.my

 

Food Safety and Quality Division, Ministry of Health, Level 4, Menara Prisma, No. 26, Persiaran Perdana, Putrajaya, Malaysia, 62675. Phone: +603 88850797 Fax: +603 88850790 Email: [email protected]
Mexico
Name of product applicant: Monsanto Comercial, S.A. de C.V.
Summary of application:

Authorization by COFEPRIS: 108


Soybean line MON87708 has been genetially modified to be tolerant to dicamba herbicide (modified dmo, Glycine max (L.) Merr.).

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Date of authorization: 06/07/2012
Scope of authorization: Food
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Summary of the safety assessment (food safety):
UI OECD: MON-877Ø8-9 During the risk assessment of this GMO based on existing knowledge to date, no toxic or allergic effects neither substantial nutritional changes are observed. The event is as safe as its conventional counterpart. For more detail please find attached the risk assessment summary in this page.
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CIBIOGEM
Contact person name:
Biól. Erica L. Hagman Aguilar
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San Borja #938, Col. Del Valle • Del. Benito Juárez C.P. 03100, México, D.F.
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+52 (55) 53227700
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México ha buscado garantizar la inocuidad de los productos biotecnológicos para el uso y consumo de su población. Desde 1984 el artículo 282 bis 1 de la Ley General de Salud, contempló que la Secretaría de Salud debería regular aquellos productos biotecnológicos, o sus derivados, destinados al uso o consumo humano. En un inicio, con fundamento en este artículo, la Secretaria de Salud evaluó la inocuidad alimentaria de productos biotecnológicos, para su comercialización con fines de uso o consumo humano. A partir de 2005, con la entrada en vigor de la Ley de Bioseguridad de Organismos Genéticamente Modificados (LBOGM), se realizó la adecuación de la regulación para dar lugar a la Autorización que es el acto administrativo mediante el cual la Secretaría de Salud, a través de la Comisión Federal para la Protección contra Riesgos Sanitarios (COFEPRIS), autoriza Organismos Genéticamente Modificados (OGMs), a efecto de que se pueda realizar su comercialización, así como su utilización con finalidades de Salud Pública o de Biorremediación.

Las facultades que corresponden a la Secretaría de Salud se estipulan en el artículo 16 de la LBOGM y lo relativo a la Autorizaciones se describe en los artículos 91 al 98 de dicha Ley. Quienes pretendan obtener una Autorización para Comercialización e Importación de OGMs deben presentar ante COFEPRIS, una solicitud por escrito acompañada de la información a que se refiere los artículos 23 al 32 del Reglamento de la Ley de Bioseguridad de OGMs.

http://www.conacyt.gob.mx/cibiogem/images/cibiogem/normatividad/vigente/LBOGM.pdf

http://www.conacyt.gob.mx/cibiogem/images/cibiogem/normatividad/vigente/Reg_LBOGM.pdf

 

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Mexico has sought to guarantee the safety of biotechnological products the use and consumption of its population. Since 1984, article 282 bis 1 from the General Law of Health, considered that the Secretary of Health should regulate those biotechnological products, or their derivatives, intended for food and feed use. Initially, the Secretary of Health evaluated the food safety of biotechnological products, based on this article, for commercialization with purposes of food, feed and processing. Subsequently in 2005, with the entry into force of the Law on Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms (LBOGM), the regulation was adapted to give rise to the Authorization, which is the administrative act through which the Secretary of Health, by means of the Federal Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS), authorizes Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), to their commercialization, as well as their use for purposes of public health or bioremediation.

The faculties that correspond to the Secretary of Health are stipulated in Article 16 of the LBOGM and what is related to the Authorizations is described in Articles 91 to 98 of this Law. Those who seek to obtain an Authorization for GMOs merchandising and importation, must present to COFEPRIS, a written request accompanied by the information referred into articles 23 to 32 of the Regulation of the Law on Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms.

http://www.conacyt.gob.mx/cibiogem/images/cibiogem/normatividad/vigente/LBOGM.pdf

http://www.conacyt.gob.mx/cibiogem/images/cibiogem/normatividad/vigente/Reg_LBOGM.pdf

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Secretaría de Salud / Phone: +52 55 5080 5200 /Email: [email protected]%20

New Zealand
Name of product applicant: Monsanto Australia Ltd
Summary of application:

A genetically modified (GM) soybean line, MON87708 has been developed that provides tolerance to the herbicide dicamba. This modification will provide soybean growers with a broader weed management strategy.
Tolerance to dicamba is achieved through expression of the enzyme dicamba monooxygenase (DMO) encoded by the dmo gene derived from the common soil bacterium Stenotrophomonas maltophilia. The DMO protein has not previously been assessed by FSANZ.
It is anticipated that soybean plants containing event MON87708 may be grown in the United States of America and Canada subject to approval. There is no plan to grow the line in Australia or New Zealand.

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Date of authorization: 02/08/2012
Scope of authorization: Food
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Summary of the safety assessment (food safety):
In conducting a safety assessment of food derived from soybean line MON87708, a number of criteria have been addressed including: a characterisation of the transferred gene, its origin, function and stability in the soybean genome; the changes at the level of DNA, protein and in the whole food; compositional analyses; evaluation of intended and unintended changes; and the potential for the newly expressed protein to be either allergenic or toxic in humans. No potential public health and safety concerns have been identified in the assessment of soybean line MON87708. On the basis of the data provided in the present Application, and other available information, food derived from soybean line MON87708 is considered to be as safe for human consumption as food derived from conventional soybean cultivars.
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Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment: Application A1063 - Food derived from Herbicide-tolerant Soybean MON87708
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Ministry for Primary Industries
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Fiapaipai Auapaau
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Pastoral House, 25 The Terrace, Wellington, 6012
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+6448314946
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New Zealand and Australia share a joint food regulation system for the composition of labelling of most foods. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is the regulatory agency responsible for the development of the joint food standards in Australia and New Zealand. The main office (approximately 120 staff) is located in Canberra (in the Australian Capital Territory) and the smaller New Zealand office (approximately 15 staff) is located in Wellington on the North Island.

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FSANZ does not: Separately assess food from stacked event lines where food from the GM parents has already been approved; Mandate notification of stacked events by developers; Notify the public of stacked event ‘approvals’; List food derived from stacked event lines in the Code, unless the stacked event line has been separately assessed as a single line e.g. Application A518: MXB-13 cotton (DAS-21023-5 x DAS-24236-5)

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Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) (http://www.foodstandards.gov.au)

Philippines
Name of product applicant: Monsanto Philippines
Summary of application:
Monsanto Philippines, Inc. has developed biotechnology-derived soybean MON87708 that is tolerant to dicamba herbicide. MON87708 was developed through Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation of conventional conventional A3525 meristem tissue with the 2T-DNA plasmid vector PV-GMHT4355. PV-GMHT4355 contains two separate T –DNAs: first T-DNA contains the dmo expression cassette regulated by the peanut chlorotic streak caulimovirus promoter and the pea E9 3’ non translated region. The dmo gene, which was derived from Stenotrophomonas maltophilia (S. maltophilia); the second T-DNA (T-DNA II) contains the cp4 epsps expression cassette, functioned as a marker gene, under the regulation of the figwort mosaic virus (FMV) promoter and the pea E9 3’non-translated region. MON87708 contains a dmo expression cassette that produces a single MON87708 DMO precursor protein that is post- translationally processed into two forms of the dicamba mono-oxygenase (DMO) protein; referred to a MON87708 DMO protein and MON87708 DMO+27 protein. The active form of these proteins confer dicamba tolerance.
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Date of authorization: 05/05/2014
Scope of authorization: Food and feed
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Monsanto Philippines submitted an application to the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) requesting for Biosafety Permit under Administrative Order Number 8 (AO#8) Part 5 for Soybean MON87708 which has been genetically modified for herbicide tolerance. Monsanto Philippines has provided data on the identity of the soybean MON87708, a detailed description of the modification method, data and information on the gene insertion sites, copy numbers and levels of expression in the plant, the role of the inserted genes and regulatory sequences in donor organisms, and full nucleotide sequences. The novel proteins were identified, characterized, and compared to the original bacterial proteins, including an evaluation of their potential toxicity to livestock. Relevant scientific publications were also supplied. Soybean MON87708 has been evaluated according to BPI’s safety assessment by concerned agencies of the Department of Agriculture (DA) such as :{(Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), Bureau of Agriculture, Fisheries and Product Standards (BAFPS)} and a Scientific Technical Review Panel (STRP). The process involves an intensive analysis of the nature of the genetic modification together with a consideration of general safety issues, toxicological issues and nutritional issues associated with the modified soybean. The petitioner/applicant published the Public Information Sheet (PIS) of the said application in two widely circulated newspapers for public comment/review. BPI received no comments on the petition during the 30-day comment period. Review of results of evaluation by the BPI Biotech Core Team completed the approval process.
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Geronima P. Eusebio
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San Andres St., Malate, Manila
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632 404 0409 loc 203
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In 1987, scientists from the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the Quarantine Officer of the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), and the Director for Crops of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD), recognizing the potential harm of the introduction of exotic species and genetic engineering, formed a committee and formulated the biosafety protocols and guidelines for genetic engineering and related research activities for UPLB and IRRI researchers. The committee went on to draft a Philippine biosafety policy, which was submitted to the Office of the President. On October 15, 1990, recognizing the potential for modern biotechnology both in improving the lives of the people and in creating hazards if not handled properly, President Corazon C. Aquino issued Executive Order 430 creating the National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines (NCBP) that will formulate, review and amend national policy on biosafety and formulate guidelines on the conduct of activities on genetic engineering. The NCBP is comprised of representative of the Departments of Agriculture (DA); Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); Health (DOH); and Science and Technology (DOST), 4 scientists in biology, environmental science, social science and physical science; and 2 respected members of the community. On July 16, 2001, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued the Policy Statement on Modern Biotechnology, reiterating the government policy on promoting the safe and responsible use of modern biotechnology. On April 3, 2002, Department of Agriculture Administrative Order No. 8, Series of 2002 was issued implementing the guidelines for importation and release into the environment of Plants and Plant Products Derived from the Use of Modern Biotechnology. On March 17, 2006, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued Executive Order No.514 Establishing the National Biosafety Framework, prescribing guidelines for its implementation, reorganizing the National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines, and for other purposes. On December 8, 2015, the Philippine Supreme Court declared DA AO8 null and void and any application for contained use, field testing, propagation and commercialization, and importation of GMOs was temporarily enjoined. In response to the nullification of DA AO8, the Technical Working Group composed of representatives from the Departments of Agriculture (DA), Science and Technology (DOST), Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Health (DOH), and Interior and Local Government (DILG) drafted the Joint Department Circular No. 1, Series of 2016 (JDC No.1, S2016) titled 'Rules and Regulations for the Research and Development, Handling and Use, Transboundary Movement, Release into the Environment, and Management of Genetically-Modified Plant and Plant Products Derived from the Use of Modern Biotechnology'. There were series of meeting and five public consultations conducted before the JDC No.1, S2016 was approved and signed by the Secretaries of the abovementioned agencies on March 7, 2016 and took effect on April 15, 2016. Under this Circular, more government agencies were involved such as the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to regulate applications for contained use and confined test of regulated articles; Department of Agriculture (DA) to evaluate applications for field trial, commercial propagation and transboundary movement of regulated articles; Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to evaluate environmental risks and impacts of regulated articles; Department of Health (DOH) to evaluate of environmental health impacts of regulated articles; and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to supervise public consultation during field trial.

 

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Gene stacking in plants can be conferred either through genetic engineering or conventional breeding A full risk assessment as to food and feed or for processing shall be conducted to plant products carrying stacked genes conferred through genetic engineering or conventional breeding, where the individual traits have no prior approval for direct use as food and feed or processing from the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) A desktop or documentary risk assessment on the possible or expected interactions between the genes shall be conducted for stacked gene products with multiple traits conferred through conventional breeding and individual events granted prior approval by the Bureau of Plant Industry.

 

Plant Products Carrying Stacked Genes Conferred Through (a) Genetic Engineering or b) Conventional Breeding, with Individual Traits That Have No Prior Approval:

A full risk assessnent as to  food and feed or processing shall be conducted,consistent with Part V of AO No. 8,"Approval Process For the Importation of Regulated Articles for Direct Use as Food and Feed or For Processing for plant products with multiple traits conferred through:

(a) genetic engineering, or

(b) conventional breeding, where the individual traits have no prior approval from the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) for direct use as food and feed or processing.

Plant Products Carrying Stacked Genes Conferred through Conventional Breeding:

For plant products with multiple traits conferred through conventional breeding,with all individual events granted prior approval and included in the Approval Registry, a notlfication shall be submitted by the technology developer to the BPI, which shall conduct an evaluation in accordance with the relevant criteria in Annex I of this Memorandum Circular. The list of data contained in Annex I will not preclude the inclusion of other issues and concerns that will be raised by the BPI and the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) during the course of the desktop review.

Notificatlon Requirement for Plant Products Carrying Stacked Genes

All technology developers shall submit a notification to the Bureau of Plant Industry of their developed plant products carrying stacked genes and shall be required to comply with the relevant approval process listed above.

The Bureau of Plant Industry shall issue a certiflcate as to the approval of the stacked gene product and shall likewise include the transformation event in the official approval registry of plant products for food and feed or processing.

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

Bureau of Plant Industry 692 San Andres St, Malate, Manila 1004

Republic of Korea
Name of product applicant: Monsanto Korea Ltd.
Summary of application:

Dicamba herbicide tolerance

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Date of authorization: 02/10/2013
Scope of authorization: Food
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Osong Health Technology Administration Complex, 187, Osongsaengmyeong 2-ro, Osong-eup, Cheongwon-gun, Chungcheonbuk-do, 363-700, Korea
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Russian Federation
Name of product applicant: Monsanto Company
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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 soybean line MON87708 (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.

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Date of authorization: 02/07/2019
Scope of authorization: Food
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Peer review of the data submitted by the applicant and the results of complex medical and biological studies of transgenic soybean line MON87708 tolerant to the herbicide dicamba, attest to the absence of any toxic, reprotoxic, genotoxic, or allergenic effects of this soybean line. By biochemical composition, transgenic soybean line MON87708 was identical to conventional soybean. GM soybean line MON87708 has been registered for food use, listed in the State Register, and licensed for use in the territory of The Eurasian Economic Union, import into the territory of The Eurasian Economic Union, and placing on the market without restrictions.
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FSBI «Institute of Nutrition» RAMS
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Nadezhda Tyshko
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109240, Russia, Moscow, Ustinsky Proezd, 2/14
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+7(495)698-53-64
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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 2.3.2.2306-07 “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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Russia follows the national Methodical Guidelines  2.3.2.3388-16 “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.

 

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

Singapore
Name of product applicant: Monsanto
Summary of application:

Apply for the purpose of food, feed and processing 

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Date of authorization: 23/07/2019
Scope of authorization: Food and feed
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Soybean line MON87708 (MON-87708-9) is tolerant to the herbicide dicamba. This is achieved through expression of the enzyme dicamba mono-oxygenase (DMO) encoded by the dmo gene derived from Stenotrophomonas maltophilia. Soybean cultivar A3525 was transformed with two gene expression cassettes using an Agrobacterium-mediated method. The first cassette contained the dmo gene while the second cassette contained, as a marker, the commonly used cp4 epsps gene that confers tolerance to the herbicide glyphosate. Molecular analyses of soybean line MON87708 indicate there is a single insertion site comprising a complete copy of the dmo expression cassette. The second expression cassette containing the cp4epsps gene, that was used in the initial transformation, was deliberately segregated out and so is absent from MON87708. The introduced genetic elements are stably inherited from one generation to the next. Soybean line MON87708 expresses one new protein, DMO, which is non-toxic and non-allergenic to humans. Composition analyses showed the levels of key components in seed from soybean line MON87708 are similar to non-GM control or within the range of levels found in non-GM commercial soybean cultivars. Food derived from soybean line MON87708 is as safe as food derived from conventional soybean cultivars.
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Singapore Food Agency (SFA)
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Dr Tan Yong Quan
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52 Jurong Gateway Road 14-01 JEM Office Tower Singapore 608550
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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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More information on the guidelines for the safety assessment of stacked events can be found on GMAC’s website:

http://www.gmac.sg/Index_Singapore_Guidelines_on_the_Release_of_Agriculture_Related_GMOs.html

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Singapore Food Agency (SFA)

Turkey
Name of product applicant: Special case: please show below
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Application for direct use as feed


Turkish Biosafety Law, entered in force in 2010, diverges from EU legislations in some points


such as food and feed use require different separate applications, risk assessments and approvals.


Addition, our Law forsees prision sentences in some circumtances of Law violation and joint


reponsibilities for the violation. Therefore, GM product owners avoid to make application for approval and non product developer have made application till now. Instead, some Turkish assosiations  such as poultry producers assosiations, animal feed assosiations have applied to get approval for import of GM products for their members. Thus, name of product applicant is not product developers for our country.


 Turkish Poultry Meat Producers and Breeders Association

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Date of authorization: 02/08/2017
Scope of authorization: Feed
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After the evaluation of reports released by Scientific Risk Assessment Committee and Socio- economic Assessment Committee Biosafety Board has approved the use of genetically modified soybean MON87708 and products thereof for animal feed.
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DG of Agricultural Research and Policies (TAGEM)
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Ramazan BULBUL
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Universiteler Mah. Dumlupınar Bulvarı, Eskişehir Yolu 10. Km Çankaya/ANKARA/TURKEY
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+90 312 307 60 48
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+90 312 307 61 90
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Turkey is party to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB) since Jan 24, 2004. Biosafety applications in Turkey are carried out within the framework of the Biosafety Law (no.5977) which entered into force in 26 September 2010 and its relevant regulations (“The Regulation on Genetically Modified Organisms and Products” and “The Regulation Connected with Working Procedure and Principles of Biosafety Board and Committees”). Biosafety Law and two regulations came into force on 26th September 2010.

 Main objectives of the Biosafety Law are;

  • to prevent risks that may arise from GMO’s and products which are produced by using of modern biotechnology by taking into account scientific and technological developments;
  • to establish and implement biosafety system to ensure protection and sustainability of environment, biological diversity and health of human, animal and plant;
  • to inspect, regulate and monitor the activities in the scope of the law.

 The Law includes specific points regarding research, development, processing, releasing on the market, monitoring, using, import, export, handling, transportation, packaging, labelling, storage and similar operations in relation to GMO and GMOPs.

 Veterinarian medicinal products and medicinal products for human use and also cosmetic products which are permitted or certified by the Ministry of Health are out of this Law’s scope. 

 According to Biosafety Law following actions connected with GMO and GMOPs are prohibited:

  • Releasing  GMO and GMOPs on the market without approval of Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
  • Production of genetically modified plants and animals.
  • Using GMO and GMOPs in baby food and baby formulae, follow-on baby food and follow-on formulae, infant and kid’s nutritional supplements

 According to the Biosafety Law, which was enacted in 2010, the Biosafety Board, which was established within the scope of the Law, was responsible for evaluating the applications regarding GMO and its products.

 However, the duties and powers of the Biosafety Board were assigned to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry with the Presidential Circular No. 2018/3 published in the Official Gazette on the date of August 2, 2018.

 The task of evaluating the applications related to GMO and its products, performing the secretarial services of the Committees and other duties specified in the Biosafety Law and related regulations has been assigned to General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policies (TAGEM) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry pursuant to Ministerial Approval dated 05/12/2018.

 Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry makes a “Decision” about applications on GMO and products via taking Scientific Committees’ risk assessment and socio-economic assessment into account.

 For each application the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry assigns a new committee and each committee makes different assessment for each application. It is important to note that in Turkey food and feed each have a different assessment application.

 Members of scientific committees are selected from the List of Experts.

 11 members are selected for each GMO application.

 List of Experts has been made up by the evaluation of Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry from the applicants who applied via using the Biosafety Clearing-House Mechanism of Turkey. Applicants were faculty members and experts of Universities and TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey).

 To date, 13 types of GM soybean and 23 types of GM maize were approved as feed for import.

Besides, by the use of aspergillus oryzae, developed through modern biotechnological methods, licences for industrial α-amylase, glucoamylase and hemicellulase enzyme production were granted.

 Threshold of labeling of GMO products that are approved by Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is 0.9%.

There are not any applications for using GMO and products as food.

 After placing GMO and GMOPs on the market; the Ministry controls and inspects whether or not conditions designated by decision are met.

Activities of analysis are performed in laboratories designated by the Ministry.

In the case of any non-compliance detected with relation to the GMO Legislation (such as  a failure to specify the contained GMO on the label, identification of an unapproved gene, etc.) legal action is taken.

Application evaluation process is like below:

  • Evaluation of application by Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry      90 days
  • Feedback to the applicant                                                            15 days
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s “Decision”                             270 days

(Starts from feedback to the applicant)

Establishing of Scientific Committees

Report preparation of Committees

Report’s public release

Evaluation of public opinions by Committees

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s final decision after taking reports and public opinions into     

account

  • Publishing the Positive Decision                                                        30 days
  • Reclamation period to Negative Decision                                           60 days
  • Evaluation of reclamation by Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry        60 days
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Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policies

Focal Point of the FAO GM Foods Platform

Ramazan BULBUL

Email: [email protected]

United States of America
Name of product applicant: Monsanto Company
Summary of application:
Soybean
Trait 1 Added Protein: dmo gene expressing a dicamba mono-oxygenase (DMO) precursor protein that is post-translationally processed into two isoforms
Source: Stenotrophomonas maltophilia strain DI-6
Intended Effect: Tolerance to the herbicide dicamba
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Date of authorization: 11/10/2011
Scope of authorization: Food and feed
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The United States is currently in the process of populating this database. The Food and Drug Administration regulates food and feed (food for humans and animals) from genetically engineered crops in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA regulates pesticides, including those that are plant incorporated protectants genetically engineered into food crops, to make sure that pesticide residues are safe for human and animal consumption and do not pose unreasonable risks of harm to human health or the environment. FDA In the Federal Register of May 29, 1992 (57 FR 22984), FDA published its "Statement of Policy: Foods Derived from New Plant Varieties" (the 1992 policy). The 1992 policy clarified the agency's interpretation of the application of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to human and animal foods derived from new plant varieties and provided guidance to industry on scientific and regulatory issues related to these foods. The 1992 policy applied to all foods derived from all new plant varieties, including varieties that are developed using genetic engineering (also known as recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (rDNA) technology). In the 1992 policy, FDA recommended that developers consult with FDA about foods from genetically engineered plants under development and developers have routinely done so. In June 1996, FDA provided additional guidance to industry on procedures for these consultations (the consultation procedures). These procedures describe a process in which a developer who intends to commercialize food from a genetically engineered plant meets with the agency to identify and discuss relevant safety, nutritional, or other regulatory issues regarding the genetically engineered food and then submits to FDA a summary of its scientific and regulatory assessment of the food. FDA evaluates the submission and if FDA has questions about the summary provided, it requests clarification from the developer. At the conclusion of the consultation FDA responds to the developer by letter. The approach to the safety assessment of genetically engineered food recommended by FDA during consultations, including data and information evaluated, is consistent with that described in the Codex Alimentarius Guideline for the Conduct of Food Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Recombinant-DNA Plants. EPA The safe use of pesticidal substances is regulated by EPA. Food from a genetically engineered plant that is the subject of a consultation with FDA may contain an introduced pesticidal substance, also known as a plant-incorporated protectant (PIP), that is subject to food (food for humans and animals) safety and environmental review by EPA. PIPs are pesticidal substances produced by plants and the genetic material necessary for the plant to produce the substance. Both the PIP protein and its genetic material are regulated by EPA. When assessing the potential risks of PIPs, EPA requires studies examining numerous factors, such as risks to human health, non-target organisms and the environment, potential for gene flow, and insect resistance management plans, if needed. In regulating PIPs, decisions are based on scientific standards and input from academia, industry, other Federal agencies, and the public. Before the first PIP product was registered in 1995, EPA required that PIP products be thoroughly tested against human safety standards before they were used on human food and livestock feed crops. EPA scientists assessed a wide variety of potential effects associated with the use of PIPs, including toxicity, and allergenicity. These potential effects were evaluated in light of the public's potential exposures to these pesticides, taking into account all potential combined sources of the exposure (food, drinking water, etc.) to determine the likelihood that a person exposed at these levels would be predisposed to a health risk. Based on its reviews of the scientific studies and often peer reviews by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Scientific Advisory Panel, EPA determined that these genetically engineered PIP products, when used in accordance with approved label directions and use restrictions, would not pose unreasonable risk to human health and the environment during their time-limited registration.

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Stacked events:

Stacked events that are each plant incorporated protectants, as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency, must be registered by the Envriornmental Protection Agency before they can be commercialized.  Food/feed safety asssessment of single events are generally sufficient to ensure the safety of food/feed from stacked events.   

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Food and Drug Administration ([email protected]); Environmental Protection Agency