Crop Biotech Update

USDA Extends Comment Period for Corn Genetically Engineered for Herbicide Tolerance

February 24, 2012

The public comment period for a petition by Dow AgroScience LLC for corn event DAS-40278-9 seeking a determination of nonregulated status was announced by the US Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to be extended through April 27, 2012. 

The corn event was genetically engineered to provide tolerance to 2,4-D and aryloxyphenoxypropionate acetyl coenzyme A carboxylase inhibitors. APHIS made available for public comment its plant pest risk assessment and draft environmental assessment for DAS-40278-9. These documents can be found at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/biotechnology/news.shtml.

The news release can be viewed at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/2012/02/gecorn.shtml.