Biotech Updates

USDA Seeks Comment on GM Corn Deregulation

November 28, 2008

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking public comment on an appeal by Syngenta Seeds Inc. to deregulate a genetically modified (GM) corn variety that helps in the production of ethanol. The GM corn expresses a microbial enzyme that helps breakdown the plant cell wall. If APHIS grants the petition for deregulation, the GM corn and its progeny can be planted freely without the requirement of permits. According to APHIS, studies have shown that the corn is unlikely to pose risks to human health, food safety or the environment.

APHIS also prepared a draft environmental assessment (EA) for review and comment. Comments must be submitted on or before Jan. 20, 2009.

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