General Information – GM Linseed/flax

The only known genetically modified flax/linseed variety, CDC Triffid (FP967), was approved from 1996 to 2001 in Canada and the USA and was tested in field trials. In 2001 commercial cultivation was discontinued.

The EU Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) reported numerous contamination incidents of products with GM flax CDC Triffid (FP967) in 2009. Because it is an unapproved GM variety in the EU, it is subject to the zero-tolerance policy.

Main use of crop:


  • Seeds (e.g. for bakery products, breakfast cerals)
  • Flour
  • Oil
  • Linen
  • Paint

Genetic modifications:

  • Herbicide resistance


Test Parameters:

Variety Screening Qualitative* Quantitative* EU Approved
CDC Triffid / FP967 X X No

*event and/or construct specific test.

Please note that this is an excerpt of some of the available test parameter at FoodChain ID Testing. Our R&D Department is continuously developing and introducing new detection methods. Please contact our customer service if your desired parameter is not listed.