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Australasia to OK Dow's GM soybeans

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) proposes to approve the import of food derived from Dow AgroSciences' genetically modified insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant DAS81419 soybeans. The soybeans produce the Bt Cry1Ac and Cry1F toxins for the control of several lepidopteran pests, including soybean loopers (Pseudoplusia includens), velvetbean caterpillars (Anticarsia gemmatalis), fall armyworms (Spodoptera frugiperda) and tobacco budworms (Helicoverpa virescens).  The line is also tolerant to the herbicide, glufosinate-ammonium. Dow plans to introduce the soybeans in Brazil and Argentina in the next 3-5 years (Agrow No 674, p 24). It has applied for approvals in the US, Canada, Argentina and the EU and plans to seek authorisations in other countries, including China, Colombia, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa, South Korea and Taiwan. The FSANZ decision is open to public comment until December 17th.

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