News last update:6 Aug 2012

GM maize seed approved in Japan

Syngenta AG's genetically modified (GM) maize seed has been approved by Japan. The country is now allowed to use this maize seed variety in its animal feed.

The approval of the GMO seed, which contains a trait called Agrisure RW follows the August 17 approval of the seed as human food use.

Before receiving an approval from Japan, the world's No.1 market for exported corn, Agrisure RW was launched in the United States earlier this year to help farmers boost yields to meet strong demand for corn in food, feed and fuel usages.

The introduction sparked concern among US grain firms, such as Bunge Ltd. and Cargill Inc. and Japanese importers because any accidental commingling before approval could contaminate cargoes from the United State as Japan has a zero-tolerance policy on imports of unapproved GMO crops.

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