Biotech Updates

Turkey Approves Four More Biotech Traits

August 9, 2017

The Official Gazette of the Turkish Government has published the Biosafety Board Decisions on genetically engineered (GE) feed imports on August 2, 2017. The Board approved four new events and their products for feed use only: 3 soybeans (MON 87708, BPS-CV127-9, MON87705) and 1 corn (MON87460) event and their products.

On May 11, 2015, the Turkish Poultry Meat Producers and Breeders Association (BesdBir) submitted dossiers to the Biosafety Board to request approval for 37 traits for feed use: 9 soybean, 15 corn, 4 canola, and 10 cotton. Five traits and their products were approved on July 16, 2015 for feed use, including 3 corn (MIR604, MON 863, T25) and 2 soybeans (MON87701 and MON87701xMON89788). Eight events (6 corn (MON863 x NK603, MON863 x MON810, MON89034 xMON88017, MIR604 xGA21, Bt11xMIR604, MIR162) and 2 soybean (A5547-127, 356043) events) were approved on November 5, 2015 and additional four events given above were approved on August 2, 2017. The remaining 20 traits are still undergoing assessments by the Biosafety Board. With these new approvals, there are currently 36 approved GE events for feed in Turkey.

The newest approval decisions may be accessed here (in Turkish language). Other details are available in the USDA FAS GAIN Report.