Biotech Updates

USDA APHIS Announces Extension of Deregulation to GE Canola

August 2, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced the extension of deregulation to Bayer CropScience's canola event MS11, genetically engineered (GE) for male sterility and herbicide resistance.

APHIS has previously reviewed and deregulated these GE traits in other varieties of GE canola, and has prepared a plant pest risk similarity assessment (PPRSA), draft environmental assessment (EA), preliminary finding of no significant impact (FONSI), and a preliminary determination of nonregulated status. These documents were available for a 45-day public review and comment period on April 12, 2017. After considering the public comments, APHIS has determined there is no plant pest risk and is extending deregulation to the GE canola line.

The documents mentioned are all available at the USDA APHIS website.