March 2, 2004, just-food.com:
Genetically modified oilseed rape is as safe as conventional
oilseed rape, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recently
The panel’s declaration that they find no difference between
Monsanto’s herbicide tolerant variety of oilseed rape and
that grown naturally comes just ahead of the European Union’s
expected lifting of the moratorium on the cultivation on bio-engineered
The panel has concluded that the placing on the market - for import,
processing and feed use - of the herbicide-tolerant GM oilseed rape
GT73 is “unlikely to have an adverse effect on human or animal
health or, in the context of its proposed use, on the environment”.
The scientific assessment was initially made by the Netherlands
and subsequently evaluated by all other member states. However,
questions raised by several member states led the Commission to
ask the EFSA for a further risk assessment on the GT73 oilseed rape.
The main questions raised by member states included the possible
allergenic risk associated with GT73 and concerns regarding pesticide
The GT73 oilseed rape has been genetically modified to provide
tolerance to the herbicide glyphosate. The stated purpose of the
modification is to allow farmers to manage weeds more effectively
in oilseed rape fields during cultivation.