Crop Biotech Update

USDA APHIS Announces Availability of Petition for Deregulation of GE Cotton

November 2, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has made available for public comment a petition from Bayer CropScience, seeking deregulation of cotton genetically engineered (GE) for resistance to the herbicides glyphosate and isoxaflutole. Glyphosate is a broad spectrum herbicide commonly used to control any weed, and isoxaflutole controls broadleaf weeds and grasses.

The petition is available for public review and comment for 60 days starting October 27, 2017 and is available on the News and Information page of the Biotechnology Regulatory Services website. Comments may be submitted from October 27 – December 26, 2017, at http://www.regulations.gov/ by entering docket number APHIS-2017-0073 in the search box.