Biotech Updates

Philippines Approves Syngenta's GA21 Corn

December 4, 2009

Following biosafety and other required assessments, the Philippines' Department of Agriculture approved Syngenta's GA21 corn for commercial cultivation in the country. The GM corn expresses the EPSPS protein, an enzyme responsible for tolerance to glyphosate herbicides. The country has been importing GA21 corn for food and feed use since 2003.

Studies conducted by United Kingdom's Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE) and the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) concluded that GA21 does not pose any risk to human and animal health. The GM corn is approved for commercial cultivation in the United States, Canada, Brazil and Argentina. It is also approved for import, processing and food/feed use in the European Union, Japan, Russia and Australia.

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