Japan Set to Approve Agrisure RW

The top foreign buyer of U.S. corn moves closer to allowing the rootworm-resistant corn trait.

Japan's Food Safety Commission said on Thursday it would tell the farm ministry that Syngenta AG's genetically modified corn seed containing the Agrisure RW rootworm-resistant trait is safe for feed use.

The recommendation ends the commission's risk assessment on the seed that had been underway since May 2006. The government may now formally approve the trait as soon as September.

"We conclude that there is no problem regarding the safety of livestock products from domestic animals taking this feed," chairman Takeshi Mikami said at a commission meeting.

Syngenta launched Agrisure RW this year, a move which raised concern among other grain companies and Japanese importers who worried about the possibility of the seed mixing with approved seeds. Japan has a zero-tolerance policy on importing unapproved GMO crops.

Japan is the number one buyer of U.S. corn, and the U.S. is Japan's top corn supplier.

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