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Herculex I headed for Europe

Agriculture.com Staff 03/03/2006 @ 12:28pm

The European Commission today announced it has approved grain corn with the Herculex I Insect Protection trait for all food uses. This decision, combined with last year's approval of the trait for animal feed use, paves the way for import of grain and processed products with the Herculex I trait into the 25-nation European Union.

Final confirmation of the approval process is expected shortly and, at that time, EU import of corn with the Herculex I trait for all food, feed and processing purposes can begin. The corn will no longer be sold under the Market Choices certification mark, identifying products approved for food and feed use in the U.S. and Japan but not the EU.

The EU approval of Herculex I applies only to grain importation and does not include approval of hybrids with the Herculex I trait for cultivation in EU countries. That approval is currently being sought.

Herculex I was developed in a research collaboration between Pioneer Hi- Bred International, Inc., a subsidiary of DuPont, and Dow AgroSciences LLC. It offers broad in-plant insect protection against European corn borer, southwestern corn borer, western bean cutworm, black cutworm and fall armyworm.

"This is fantastic news for corn growers in North America," says Dean Oestreich, president of Pioneer. "Growers can sell grain with the Herculex I trait to all buyers because it removes the last major overseas market restriction for Herculex I and frees exporters to market products with this trait around the globe. This approval also shows the growing acceptance of the safety and benefits of products developed through biotechnology."

The European Commission today announced it has approved grain corn with the Herculex I Insect Protection trait for all food uses. This decision, combined with last year's approval of the trait for animal feed use, paves the way for import of grain and processed products with the Herculex I trait into the 25-nation European Union.

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