USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has determined that a corn genetically engineered (GE) for tolerance to glyphosate herbicides and acetolactate synthase-inhibiting herbicides, is no longer considered a regulated article under its regulations governing the introduction of certain genetically engineered organisms. APHIS has regulated the corn through its notification and permitting process since 2005.
APHIS’ determination is based on its evaluation of data submitted by Pioneer Hi-Bred International in its petition for a determination of non-regulated status, APHIS analysis of other scientific data and comments received from the public.
The original petition for deregulation, submitted by Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., was in accordance with APHIS’ regulations concerning the introduction of GE organisms and products. As part of the decision making process, APHIS prepared and published a draft risk assessment for review and comment on Dec. 8, 2008.
The scientific evidence indicates that any environmental, human health or food safety concerns associated with this line of GE corn are unlikely to occur. This variety of corn and its progeny will no longer be regulated articles and can be freely moved and planted without the requirement of permits or other regulatory oversight by APHIS.
APHIS is responsible for protecting U.S. agriculture and the environment from animal and plant pests and has overseen the deregulation of more than 70 GE products. APHIS regulates GE products in cooperation with the EPA and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
This announcement was published in the Dec. 9 Federal Register and became effective upon publication.