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Herculex RW, I/RR2 earns approval for EU imports

Agriculture.com Staff 10/23/2007 @ 10:15am

The European Commission this week announced it has granted full food, feed, processing and import approval of grain corn and derived products containing the Herculex RW Rootworm Protection trait, as well as the stack of Herculex I Insect Protection and Roundup Ready Corn 2 (RR2), into the European Union (EU).

These products had previously been deemed safe by the EU's own independent scientific authority -- the European Food Safety Authority -- and have been approved in numerous other countries around the world already. This decision means grain with these traits is immediately approved for import as grain and processed products into the 27-nation EU.

With this EU decision and the approval of Herculex I last year, grain with the Herculex RW and Herculex I/RR2 stack traits will no longer be sold under the Market Choices certification mark, identifying products approved for food and feed use in the United States and Japan but not the EU, facilitating appropriate market-channeling.

"This decision removes the last major overseas market restriction for these traits and frees exporters to market products with these traits around the globe," says Ben Kaehler, Traits and Germplasm Licensing business leader for Dow AgroSciences. "It also shows the growing acceptance of the safety and benefits of products developed through biotechnology."

Herculex I Insect Protection provides above-ground, in-plant insect protection against pests like European and southwestern corn borer, western bean cutworm, black cutworm and fall armyworm.

The European Commission this week announced it has granted full food, feed, processing and import approval of grain corn and derived products containing the Herculex RW Rootworm Protection trait, as well as the stack of Herculex I Insect Protection and Roundup Ready Corn 2 (RR2), into the European Union (EU).

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