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Syngenta confirms China GMO Acceptance

Syngenta today announced that it has received the safety certificate for its Agrisure Viptera trait (MIR162) from China’s regulatory authorities, formally granting import approval. The approval covers corn grain and processing byproducts, such as dried distillers grains (DDGs), for food and feed use.

Until now, China refused to accept corn and dried distillers grains (DDGs) derived from corn with these traits. Farmers from Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska filed suits claiming they suffered huge losses due to MIR 162 corn seed entering the market before being approved by China.

The Agrisure Viptera trait is a key component of Syngenta’s insect control solutions, offering growers protection against the broadest spectrum of above-ground corn pests and enabling significant crop yield gains, the company release stated.

Agrisure Viptera has been approved in the USA since 2010 and has also been approved Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

Syngenta originally submitted the import approval dossier to the Chinese authorities in March 2010. In addition to China, Agrisure Viptera has been approved for import into Australia/New Zealand, Belarus, the European Union, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

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