Biotech Updates

APHIS Seeks Comment on High Oleic, Low Linoleic Soybean Deregulation

November 13, 2009

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is extending the public comment period on a petition from Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., seeking a determination of nonregulated status for a soybean that has been genetically engineered to have higher levels of oleic acid and lower levels of linoleic and linolenic acids in its oil. If APHIS grants the petition for deregulation, the GM soybean and its progeny can be planted freely without the requirement of permits. Consideration will be given to all comments received on or before Dec. 28.

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