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LibertyLink soybeans step forward in EU approval process

LibertyLink soybeans are a step closer to reaching commercialization now that the European Food Safety Authority has issued a positive safety opinion the product.

LibertyLink soybeans provide an alternative to the Roundup Ready system widely used today. The LibertyLink trait in soybeans will deliver similar benefits to that system -- less tillage, labor and equipment usage and the ease and convenience of non-selective, post-emergent weed control -- with the management of glyphosate resistant weeds, an increasing problem in U.S. soybean production areas.

According to leaders in the soybean industry, the LibertyLink system will be welcomed by soybean farmers. American Soybean Association officials see the use of different weed management options as critical for herbicide resistance management and sustainable soybean production. Bayer CropScience is currently collaborating with leading soybean breeding companies to develop well-adapted and high-yielding LibertyLink soybean varieties.

The company anticipates receiving full import approvals for LibertyLink soybeans in the EU, China and other key importing countries prior to planned commercial introduction. To date, LibertyLink soybeans are fully approved for food, feed and cultivation in the United States and Canada; for importation into Australia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Taiwan and South Africa; and for food use in Russia.

LibertyLink soybeans are a step closer to reaching commercialization now that the European Food Safety Authority has issued a positive safety opinion the product.

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