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USDA DEREGULATES GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CORN MODIFIED FOR HERBICIDE RESISTANCE

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Suzanne Bond (301) 734-5175

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.

The original petition for deregulation, submitted by Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., was in accordance with APHIS' regulations concerning the introduction of GE organisms and products. As part of the decisionmaking process, APHIS prepared and published a draft risk assessment for review and comment on Dec. 8, 2008.

The scientific evidence indicates that any environmental, human health or food safety concerns associated with this line of GE corn are unlikely to occur. This variety of corn and its progeny will no longer be regulated articles and can be freely moved and planted without the requirement of permits or other regulatory oversight by APHIS.

APHIS is responsible for protecting U.S. agriculture and the environment from animal and plant pests and has overseen the deregulation of more than 70 GE products. APHIS regulates GE products in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

This announcement is published in today's Dec. 9 Federal Register and becomes effective upon publication.

You may read the petition, the environmental assessment, the determination, the finding of no significant impact, the comments we received on our previous notice and our responses to those comments in our reading room. The reading room is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th St. and Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. Reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 690-2817 before coming. To view these documents on the Internet, go to http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2008-0094.

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