USDA DEREGULATES GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CORN MODIFIED FOR HERBICIDE RESISTANCE
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2009--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is advising the public of our determination that a corn genetically engineered (GE) for tolerance to glyphosate herbicides and acetolactate synthase-inhibiting herbicides, is no longer considered a regulated article under our regulations governing the introduction of certain genetically engineered organisms. APHIS has regulated the corn through its notification and permitting process since 2005.
APHIS’ determination is based on our evaluation of data submitted by Pioneer Hi-Bred International in its petition for a determination of nonregulated status, our analysis of other scientific data, and comments received from the public.
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