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Japan approves Syngenta's Agrisure trait

Agriculture.com Staff 08/24/2007 @ 7:37am

Syngenta officials announced Thursday that the company has obtained full regulatory approval in Japan for Agrisure RW, its corn rootworm insect control corn seed. Agrisure RW now has full approval in the United States, Canada, and Japan, and import approval in Australia and New Zealand.

Japan is the United States' largest corn importer.

The Agrisure brand spans a range of products, including Agrisure CB/LL, Agrisure GT, Agrisure RW, Agrisure GT/RW, Agrisure GT/CB/LL, Agrisure CB/LL/RW and Agrisure 3000GT.

With this approval, Agrisure RW grain can now be accepted by elevators exporting grain to Japan. However, Syngenta is committed to and will continue to implement the grain stewardship program with growers through the end of 2007. In 2008, Agrisure RW will be part of the seed industry's Market Choices grain direction program.

Officials with the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) say they're pleased with Thursday's announcement of approval for the Japanese market. However, NCGA reminds growers to adhere to their stewardship agreements when harvesting their grain.

"One of the real wins in this is that U.S. corn can continue to flow freely to our major export market, and there will be no new testing procedures for our markets or our growers," says NCGA President Ken McCauley.

Throughout the past year McCauley says NCGA worked with growers, industry and Japan. "We kept growers informed on the status of this approval, continued outreach with industry and the specifics of our biotechnology policy, and kept lines of communication open with the Japanese, which means the grain can flow freely," he says.

McCauley reminds growers to keep informed about the export status of all their crops. "We need to take every precaution to make sure our products are sold to the appropriate markets," he says. "That means growers should contact their buyers to ensure they are accepting grain from Agrisure RW hybrids."

Syngenta officials announced Thursday that the company has obtained full regulatory approval in Japan for Agrisure RW, its corn rootworm insect control corn seed. Agrisure RW now has full approval in the United States, Canada, and Japan, and import approval in Australia and New Zealand.

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