China approves LibertyLink soybeans
The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture has granted a safety certificate for Bayer CropScience’s genetically modified glufosinate-tolerant LibertyLink soybeans, which clears the way for imports of the soybeans into the country. The receipt of the certificate marks a “significant milestone” towards the UScommercialisation of LibertyLink soybeans, as China is the largest importer of US soybeans, says Bayer. “We are very pleased that the Chinese government has cleared LibertyLink soybeans for import,” says Andy Hurst, LibertyLink product manager for Bayer. “We are well on track to meet our projected commercial launch target of 2009 in the US.” LibertyLink soybeans are fully approved for use as food and feed, and for cultivation in theUS and Canada, as well as for importation and/or cultivation in Argentina, Australia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa and Taiwan. The European Food Safety Authority cleared the soybeans last year ( Agrow No 526, p 11).