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Vietnam OKs first GM maize

Vietnam has approved its first genetically modified maize line, the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service reports. Last month, the Minister of Agriculture signed the first four food and feed safety certificates for three insect-resistant and one herbicide-tolerant GM maize traits, the FAS says. Furthermore, the biosafety committee of the Ministry of the Environment issued the first biosafety certificate for one of the traits. That was for Monsanto’s insect-resistant YieldGard VT Pro (MON89034) maize. It will be available for commercial planting following “variety registration”, which will take a season to complete, the FAS notes. Three other unnamed GM maize lines are under review by the Ministry of the Environment. Vietnam drafted GM maize field trial rules in 2008 (Agrow No 539, p 20). Field trials for the four maize lines were conducted in 2010-12.

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