EU Closer to Approving Biotech Corn Trait

The Herculex rootworm trait gets a positive opinion from the European Food Safety Authority.

The European Union's independent scientific authority in charge of health and safety issues ahs given the Herculex RW Rootworm corn trait a positive safety review, moving the Pioneer trait closer to approval for import into the EU.

EFSA's positive safety opinion does not mean that grain that contains the trait is approved for import into the EU yet. The European Food Safety Authority's opinion now goes to the EU Commission, which has three months to forward its own approval decision to EU member states for a vote.

"This trait has already been approved by many countries around the globe," says Antonio Galindez, Dow AgroSciences global leader for crops, "and provides immense value to users by increasing productivity to meet rapidly increasing demand for corn."

The Herculex RW trait received regulatory approvals for U.S. cultivation in 2005 and was first available in corn hybrids in the U.S. market for the 2006 growing season. The trait is also approved for import and for feed and food use in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Philippines, and Taiwan.

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