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Verdeca gains US FDA OK for HB4 soybeans

The Verdeca joint venture between US agricultural biotechnology company Arcadia Biosciences (Davis, California) and Argentine soybean development consortium Bioceres (Rosario) has received notification from the US Food and Drug Administration that it has completed a full review of the company’s safety evaluation for its genetically modified stress-tolerant HB4 soybeans. 
United States FDA

Canada OKs Innate II potatoes

US agribusiness company J R Simplot has received approval from Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for its second-generation genetically modified Innate potatoes. 
Canada CFIA

EFSA clears new DNA data on two GM soybeans

New DNA sequencing information on two genetically modified herbicide-tolerant soybean lines, Monsanto’s Roundup Ready and DuPont’s Optimum GAT (305423), does not change their previous positive EU safety assessments, says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
EU European Commission

Turkey OKs GMOs for use in feed

Turkey has approved three genetically modified soybean lines and one maize line for use in feed.

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Australasia to OK Golden Rice imports

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has proposed the approval of imports of the genetically modified rice line, GR2E (also referred to as Golden Rice).

Australia New Zealand

EFSA guide on gene transfer assessments

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued an explanatory note for applicants on how to assess the horizontal gene transfer from genetically modified plants to micro-organisms.

EU EFSA

Australia approves GM sorghum tests

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved an application from the University of Queensland to conduct field tests on genetically modified sorghum with altered grain quality traits.

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US FDA OKs Arcadia’s WUE trait

The US plant biotechnology company, Arcadia Biosciences (Davis, California), has received a positive early food safety evaluation (EFSE) from the US Food and Drug Administration for its water use efficiency (WUE) trait. 
United States FDA

Australia approves GM cereal tests

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved an application from the University of Adelaide to conduct field tests on genetically modified wheat and barley.

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Kenyan MPs call for GMO trials to go ahead

The Kenyan Parliament’s Agriculture select committee has voted to allow trials of genetically modified maize.

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EU states seek out illegal GM petunias

EU member states have been asked to submit detailed reports by September on the presence of unapproved genetically modified petunias on the market.
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Slow progress on updating EU GMO assessments

EU member states have agreed to spend more time considering proposed updates to environmental risk assessments of genetically modified organisms.
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