Herbicide-tolerant MZHG0JG corn
In 2015, Health Canada received a submission to allow the sale of a genetically modified (GM) corn variety referred to as herbicide-tolerant MZHG0JG corn. This GM corn variety is tolerant to both glyphosate and glufosinate herbicides.
The science behind MZHG0JG corn is quite simple. Two genes were introduced into the corn line that allows the plant to grow in the presence of glyphosate and glufosinate herbicides. In every other way, MZHG0JG corn is identical to any other corn variety.
Scientists with expertise in molecular biology, microbiology, toxicology, chemistry, and nutrition conducted a thorough analysis of the data and the protocols provided by the applicant to ensure the validity of the results.
Following this assessment, it was determined that the changes made to this GM corn variety do not pose a greater risk to human health than corn varieties currently available on the Canadian market. In addition, Health Canada also concluded that this GM corn variety would have no impact on allergies, and that there are no differences in the nutritional value of this GM corn variety compared to other traditional corn varieties available for consumption.
Health Canada's assessment of MZHG0JG corn was conducted according to the Guidelines for the Safety Assessment of Novel Foods. The approach taken by Health Canada in the safety assessment of GM foods is based upon scientific principles developed through expert international consultation over the last 20 years with agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The approach taken by Canada is currently applied by regulatory agencies around the world in countries such as the European Union, Australia/New Zealand, Japan, and the United States.
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