The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected the evidence submitted by France “in support of its request to prohibit the cultivation of genetically modified [GM] maize MON 810 in the EU.” As requested by the European Commission, EFSA reviewed the French report but determined that none of the cited studies “would invalidate the previous risk assessment conclusions and risk management recommendations made by the EFSA GMO Panel.”

Noting that many of the issues in question were previously addressed by the GMO Panel, EFSA also considered the concerns raised by French authorities “in light of the most recent and relevant scientific data.” Based on these findings, the agency ultimately found “no specific scientific evidence, in terms of risk to human and animal health or the environment, that would support the adoption of an emergency measure on the cultivation of maize MON 810 under Article 34 of Regulation (EC) 1829/2003.”