Syngenta on Wednesday announced that the European Commission has granted import approval for the Agrisure Viptera trait (Event MIR162). This regulatory approval allows the importation of U.S. corn grown with this trait for food or feed use within the 27 countries of the European Union.
Syngenta received deregulation from the USDA for the Agrisure Viptera trait in April 2010. It is also approved for National Corn Growers Association and Biotech Industry Organization recommended markets.
"This regulatory approval provides growers broader access for marketing grain from hybrids containing the Agrisure Viptera trait," said Jill Wenzel, Syngenta product lead, commercial traits.
Syngenta says the trait offers a yield advantage over other traits under ear-feeding insect pressure.
In total, the technology is approved for cultivation in Argentina, Brazil, Canada and the United States and for import in Australia, Belarus, the European Union, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia and Taiwan.