European Commission authorises 10 GMOs for food

Posted: 27 April 2015 | Victoria White | No comments yet

The European Commission (EC) has adopted 10 new authorisations for GMOs for food/feed use and seven renewals of existing authorisations…

The European Commission (EC) has adopted 10 new authorisations for Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) for food/feed use and seven renewals of existing authorisations.


These GMOs had gone through a full authorisation procedure, including a favourable scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The authorisation decisions do not cover cultivation.

The GMOs approved had received “no opinion” votes from Member States in both the Standing and Appeal Committees, since no qualified majority either in favour or against was expressed. The Commission adopted these pending decisions, as required by the current GMO legal framework.

GMOs authorised for food include 10 new types of maize, soybeans, cotton and oilseed rape

All the GMOs approved have been proved to be safe before their placing on the EU market. The risk assessment has been done by EFSA in collaboration with Member States for each individual GMO to be put on the market. The GM food and feed authorisations will be added to the existing list of 58 GMOs authorised in the EU for food and feed uses (covering maize, cotton, soybean, oilseed rape, sugar beet).

The authorisations are valid for 10 years, and any products produced from these GMOs will be subject to the EU’s labelling and traceability rules.

The GMOs adopted as food or feed are as follows:

  • 10 new authorisations: MON 87460 maize, MON 87705 soybean, MON 87708 soybean, MON 87769 soybean, 305423 soybean, BPS-CV127-9 soybean, MON 88302, oilseed rape, T304-40 cotton, MON 88913 cotton, LLCotton25xGHB614 cotton
  • 7 renewals: T25 maize, NK603 maize, GT73 oilseed rape, MON 531 x MON 1445 cotton, MON 15985 cotton; MON 531 cotton and MON 1445 cotton

The list of authorised GM plants and the precise scope of their authorisation is available in the EU register of GM food and feed, which can be found here: