"Viptera" Corn Trait Receives Chinese Import Approval

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Syngenta has announced it has received the safety certificate for its Agrisure Viptera trait (also know as “event MIR162”) from China’s regulatory authorities, formally granting import approval. The approval covers corn grain and processing byproducts, such as dried distillers grains (DDGs), for food and feed use.

The Agrisure Viptera corn trait provides protection against a broad spectrum of above-ground corn pests.

The trait has been approved for cultivation in the US since 2010, and has also been approved for cultivation in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Paraguay and Uruguay. However, prior to China’s regulatory approval, shipments of corn had been refused after testing positive for the trait. Several grain companies in the United States had stopped accepting corn containing the insecticide trait to avoid co-mingling.

Syngenta originally submitted the import approval dossier to the Chinese authorities in March 2010. In addition to China, Agrisure Viptera has been approved for import into Australia/New Zealand, Belarus, the European Union, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan and Vietnam.

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