EPA reassessment of Bt cotton completed
Updated data are to be provided by Monsanto, including a detection method for the transgenic Cry1Ac protein, its expression levels in cotton plant tissues, its concentrations in soils of cotton fields, and a renewed homology comparison of its structure with the structures of allergens and toxins (Comment ENTRANSFOOD).
(EPA,Office of Pesticide Programs, September 29, 2001)
September 29, 2001
EPA: Assessment of additional scientific information concerning StarLink maize
The Scientific Advisory Panel, which advises the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on pesticide issues, evaluated new data on Starlink maize. The genetically engineered, insect-resistant Starlink maize was found in American foods in 2000, whereas its use had been permitted for animal feed only. The panel, among others, maintained its position of a "low probability of allergenicity in the exposed population" (Comment ENTRANSFOOD).
(EPA, Office of Science Coordination and Policy, July 17-18, 2001)
July 17-18, 2001
EPA reassesses Bt crops
The American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) evaluates Bt crops as "plant pesticides" for their market approval. The EPA now invites comments from the public to its reassessment of previously approved Bt crops (Comment ENTRANSFOOD).
(EPA, Office of Pesticide Programs, July 17, 2001)
July 17, 2001
- Company ready to sell milk of cloned cows.
The US company Infigen owns a herd of cloned experimental dairy cows. The US National Academy of Sciences is to release a report on the food safety of products from cloned animals in January 2002 (Comment ENTRANSFOOD).
(ABCNews, July 11, 2001)
July 11, 2001
- CDC: investigation of human health effects associated with potential exposure to genetically modified corn
The Centers for Disease Control conclude that they have failed to confirm allergenicity to Cry9C in Americans who had reported adverse reactions from foods that might have been contaminated with Starlink maize. (Comment ENTRANSFOOD)
(CDC, June 19, 2001)
June 19, 2001
- New Starlink™ corn data submitted by Aventis CropSciences
The EPA publishes new data on the potential contamination of American foodstuffs by Starlink maize and Starlink’s potential allergenicity. (Comment ENTRANSFOOD)
(EPA, April 23, 2001)
April 23, 2001