Herculex® RW Advances Toward EU Approval With Positive Scientific Safety Opinion
Biotech trait offers farmers improved productivity to meet increased demand for corn
DES MOINES, Iowa, and INDIANAPOLIS, April 4, 2007 - The Herculex® RW Rootworm corn trait - 59122 maize - has been given a positive safety opinion by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) moving the trait another step closer to approval for food, feed and import into the European Union (EU).
The safety opinion from EFSA, the EU’s independent scientific authority charged by regulators with review of health and safety issues, represents a significant advancement for the rootworm-resistance trait. In response to EFSA’s opinion, the EU Commission now has three months to forward its approval decision to Member States for a vote.
While EFSA’s positive safety opinion does not mean that grain that contains the Herculex® RW trait is approved for import into the EU yet, this significant milestone is further confirmation that Herculex® RW is as safe as conventional corn.
“We are optimistic about bringing this novel technology to the EU market in the very near future,” said Dean Oestreich, DuPont vice president, general manager and president of DuPont subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
“This trait has already been approved by many countries around the globe,” added Antonio Galindez, Dow AgroSciences global leader for crops, “and provides immense value to users by increasing productivity to meet rapidly increasing demand for corn.”
Herculex® RW was developed jointly by Dow AgroSciences LLC and Pioneer. Both companies strongly encourage EU Member States to approve corn with the Herculex® RW trait for food, feed and import into the EU, in keeping with EFSA’s positive safety opinion.
The Herculex® RW trait provides a high level of protection all season long against western, northern and Mexican larval corn rootworm, thereby dramatically reducing adult rootworm emergence. In the United States alone, damage by corn rootworm currently costs growers about $1 billion annually.
The Herculex® RW trait received regulatory approvals for U.S. cultivation in 2005 and was first available in corn hybrids in the U.S. market for the 2006 growing season. The trait is also approved for import and for feed and food use in ten countries around the world: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Philippines, Taiwan and the United States.
Dow AgroSciences LLC Leaving Pioneer.com, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, is a top tier agricultural company providing innovative crop protection, pest and vegetation management, seed, and agricultural biotechnology solutions to serve the world’s growing population. Global sales for Dow AgroSciences, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, are $3.4 billion.
Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., a subsidiary of DuPont Leaving Pioneer.com, is the world’s leading source of customized solutions for farmers, livestock producers and grain and oilseed processors. With headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Pioneer provides access to advanced plant genetics, crop protection solutions and quality crop systems to customers in nearly 70 countries. DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.
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