Syngenta has received a positive scientific opinion from the European Food Safety Authority for food and feed use of Agrisure Duracade (event 5307), allowing the corn trait to move to the next step in the process of final grain import approval.

“The positive scientific opinion means Agrisure Duracade has successfully completed scientific evaluation in the European Union,” said Scott Huber, Syngenta head of Seeds & Traits regulatory affairs for North America. “We look forward to the application moving to the Standing Committee of representatives from the EU member states, and ultimately completing the EU authorization process for final import approval.”

The Agrisure Duracade trait is available in the Agrisure Duracade 5222 E-Z Refuge and Agrisure Duracade 5122 E-Z Refuge trait stacks.

“Agrisure Duracade 5222 E-Z Refuge represents the most advanced trait stack on the market, offering premium, broad-spectrum insect control to protect genetic yield potential,” Syngenta says. “Featuring the Agrisure Duracade and Agrisure Viptera traits, it offers a unique protein and multiple modes of action against corn rootworm and above-ground insects to control 16 yield-limiting pests ― all while providing the convenience and simplicity of E-Z Refuge, a 5 percent in-bag refuge.”

EFSA said it had to review a supplementary 28-day toxicity study in mice in order to reach its conclusion. It said that study did not show any adverse effects. 

“Syngenta will continue a program of grain marketing options for grain containing the Agrisure Duracade trait for 2018 planting,” the company said. “Working with Gavilon Grain LLC, Syngenta is providing services to help growers identify accepting locations in their local geography with an expanded list of elevators, ethanol plants, feedlots, feed mills and livestock feeders."

Grain containing the Agrisure Duracade trait already has cultivation approval in the U.S. and Canada, as well as import approval in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam.

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