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USDA’s APHIS Deregulates Syngenta, Monsanto Corn Products

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has preliminarily determined that it will deregulate a line of genetically engineered (GE) corn developed by Syngenta. That’s according to an announcement today by APHIS. 

This corn line resists the herbicides glyphosate (Roundup) and glufosinate (Liberty). APHIS previously reviewed and deregulated this GE trait in other GE corn plants. 

APHIS has prepared a draft environmental assessment, preliminary finding of no significant impact (FONSI) and a preliminary determination of nonregulated status that will be available for a 30-day public review and comment period upon publication of the Federal Register notice on October 27, 2015.

APHIS also announced today that it is deregulating a Monsanto GE corn that resists corn rootworm and glyphosate. This notice also announced the written determination and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) by APHIS under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).??

In a release, APHIS officials said it took this action based on a final plant pest risk assessment (PPRA) that finds this GE corn is unlikely to pose a plant pest risk to agriculture and other plants in the U.S. 

APHIS also completed an environmental assessment (EA) to comply with NEPA that finds deregulation is not likely to have a significant impact on the human environment.

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