Company Clears Another Regulatory Hurdle

Company Clears Another Regulatory Hurdle

Syngenta receives Japanese approval for import of corn containing Viptera trait for food and feed use.

Moving a new biotech trait to market takes more than just plant breeding and lab work, regulatory agencies are involved around the world. Major seed companies work on those approvals to make sure that products raised from that new-tech seed can be sold when harvest arrives. Syngenta Seeds announced today it has received approval from Japanese regulatory authorities for its Agrisure Viptera trait - Agrisure Viptera 3111 trait stack and the Agrisure Viptera 3110 trait stack.

Farmers will be most familiar with the Viptera 3111 product which will be the most widely available trait combining Agrisure Viptera with Agrisure 3000GT triple stack. This latest regulatory approval allows importation of U.S. corn grown with the new trait stacks for feed and food use within Japan and clears the way for corn growers to plant hybrids with the trait for the 2011 season.

This new trait uses Vip3A - a no-Cry (non-cyrstalline) insect control protein. According to the company, the technology delivers effective control of a mulit-pest complex including corn earworm, fall armyworm, Western bean cutworm, black cutworm, dingy cutworm, common stalk borer, sugarcane borer and others.

The Vip3A protein also creates new options for insect resistance management and will serve as the platform for future Syngenta insect control and refuge solutions. The technology - in the United States - has already received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has completed consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and received deregulation from USDA. The single Agrisure Viptera trait also is approved for cultivation in Canada and Brazil, and approved for import to Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines and Taiwan.

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