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Australasia to OK Bayer/Syngenta GM soybean imports

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) proposes to approve the import of food derived from Bayer CropScience/Syngenta's genetically modified herbicide-tolerant SYHT0H2 soybeans. The soybeans have been modified to express tolerance to hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase (HPPD)-inhibitor herbicides, such as mesotrione, and glufosinate-ammonium. Bayer and Syngenta agreed to develop HPPD-tolerant soybeans in 2011 and plan to market them in the Americas between 2015 and 2020 (Agrow No 659, p 23). The companies have applied for cultivation approvals in the US, Canada and Argentina and are seeking food import approvals in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, South Africa and Russia, with more planned. The Australian approval decision is open to public comment until August 23rd.

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