Crop Biotech Update

GM Soybean with Omega-3 Lacks Only One Approval Prior to Release

April 20, 2011

Monsanto is lacking only one approval from the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration for Soymega™, the genetically modified soybean that produces heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Many are speculating that the approval will be granted this year.

Soymega can be added to a broad variety of food products which include cereals and baked goods. Once approved, this will provide more sources of omega-3, instead of just getting it from fish.

According to Dr. Gilbert Ross, Executive Director and Medical Director of the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH), Soymega could be a beneficial, genetically improved product. "The future of genetic modification for both agricultural products and pharmaceuticals (biopharming) is unpredictable but obviously vast," he added.

The original article is available at http://www.acsh.org/factsfears/newsID.2536/news_detail.asp. Know more about Soymega at http://www.monsanto.com/products/Pages/soymega-soybeans.aspx.