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Crop Biotech Update

Mexico Approves Pilot Tests for GM Corn

January 13, 2012

The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food through the National Service of Health, Food Safety, and Food Quality (SENASICA) in Mexico announced the long-awaited approval of two pilot tests of genetically modified (GM) corn. The tests will be done in Sinaloa on 63.48 hectares.

Thirty-eight experimental testing permits were issued for several genetic events across the Mexican states of Tamaulipas, Nayarit, Sinaloa, ZBaja California Sur and Sonora. The Mexican government has so far allowed only a few requests for GM testing trials.

Details of the approval are at http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/GM%20Corn%20Pilot%20Tests%20Approved_Mexico_Mexico_1-6-2012.pdf