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APHIS deregulates corn developed by genetic engineering

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On September 22, 2021, the animal and plant health inspection service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of agriculture lifted the control on corn developed by genetic engineering.

It is understood that Aphis is lifting the control of a corn variety called py203, which was developed by agrivida, Inc. using genetic engineering to produce phytase for nutrient fortified animal feed.

As part of the petition process, Aphis prepared a draft plant pest risk assessment and solicited public comments for 30 days. The draft reviewed the plant pest risk, preliminarily determined the non regulatory status, analyzed the draft environmental assessment of potential environmental impact, and initially found no significant impact.

Aphis did not receive any new substantive information during the public consultation period, and is lifting the control of py203 maize variety. The effective date of deregulation is September 21, 2021.

Source: World agrochemical network