TruFlex trait gets China's stamp of approval

China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) has granted a safety certificate approval for the import and food/feed use of Bayer’s TruFlex canola with Roundup Ready technology. According to a news release, MARA has notified Bayer that a safety certificate for TruFlex canola has been granted, and they’re now awaiting final documentation which should be received in the near future, the company says.

“After five years of waiting to introduce this product to Canadian and U.S. farmers we are thrilled to move forward with commercialization in 2019,” say Jon Riley, trait launch lead with Bayer.

The approval means farmers will have full access to TruFlex canola varieties for the 2019 growing season. Bayer estimates farmers will use the new trait on one million acres. Seed is available through the DEKALB seed brand and from other Canadian licensees, including Nutrien Ag Solutions and CANTERRA SEEDS.

Bayer says it is encouraged that “fundamental improvements in the regulatory process in China remain an important focus in ongoing negotiations with governments that have significant exports to China.”

TruFlex canola is part of a canola system designed for a range of growing conditions and allows for:

  • The control of a broad spectrum of tough-to-control weeds including cleavers, foxtail barley, and wild buckwheat. It also helps enable season-long dandelion control
  • A wider application window, providing farmers with up to 10-14 more spray days than current technology. And by enabling
  • Flexible (read: higher) application rates
  • Improved crop safety at these higher application rates and later in the season

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada originally granted full food, feed and environmental safety approval of TruFlex canola in June 2012, and the product has been approved for import in several export markets, according to Bayer, but until now approval in China had not been achieved.

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