GM maize seed approved in Japan

27-08-2007 | |

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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