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USDA Announces Determination of Nonregulated Status for Pest-Resistant Cotton

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USDA Announces Determination of Nonregulated Status for Pest-Resistant Cotton

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2011--The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing its determination of nonregulated status for cotton which has been genetically engineered to be tolerant to the herbicide glufosinate and resistant to several insect pests.

Bayer CropScience LP (Bayer) petitioned APHIS for a determination of nonregulated status for TwinLink™ cotton, events T304-40 and GHB119, in 2008.  APHIS prepared a plant pest risk assessment (PPRA) in accordance with the Plant Protection Act and an environmental assessment (EA) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.  On June 28, both documents and Bayer’s petition were made available for public review and comment, and APHIS received a total of two comments from various groups and individuals.

APHIS determined that the cotton is unlikely to pose a plant pest risk.  The finding is based on the agency's analysis of field and laboratory data submitted by Bayer, references provided in the petition, peer-reviewed publications, the PPRA and its review of the comments provided by the public.  The cotton is therefore no longer subject to APHIS regulations.
 
Interstate movements and field trials for T304-40 and GHB119 have been conducted under permits issued or notifications acknowledged by APHIS since 2005.

Notice of this decision is published in today's Oct. 12 Federal Register and becomes effective upon publication.

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