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Aug 4, 2010

EU Approves New GM Corn Varieties Developed by Dow AgroSciences, Pioneer Hi-Bred & Monsanto

On August 2, 2010 Brownfield Ag News for America reported that the European Union (EU) had granted import, food, feed and processing approvals for new gene-modified (GM) corn products produced by Dow AgroSciences, Pioneer Hi-Bred and Monsanto. 

The products include:

  • Herculex® I insect protection
  • Herculex® RW trait stack (also known as 1507×59122 stack or as Herculex® XTRA®)
  • Roundup Ready® Corn 2 trait stack (also known as 59122x1507xNK603 stack)

The first two products are produced in a collaborative effort by Dow AgroSciences and Pioneer Hi-Bred.  This is the first time either has received approval for importation of their products by the EU.  Herculex RW contains the Bt trait, which protects against corn rootworm. Herculex® I Insect Protection contains the Bt trait, which protects against a broad spectrum of insect pests, including corn borer, black cutworm and fall armyworm.

Dow AgroSciences’ President and CEO Antonio Galindez welcomed the approval noting that their importance for US exports by saying that “these authorizations are essential to ensuring that maize products can be freely traded and that the European livestock industry has continued access to the feed derived from them.”

The third product, Roundup Ready® Corn 2 is a stack produced produced by Monsanto.  It provides GM corn with herbicide tolerance to glysophate.

For more see:

"European Union Approves Corn with Herculex® XTRA and Herculex XTRA/Roundup Ready® Corn 2 Trait Stacks for Import, Food, Feed & Processing," Dow AgroScience Press Release, 4 August 2010.

Russell, Dave. "EU approves biotech maize products," Brownfield Ag News for America, 2 August 2010.

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