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FDA APPROVES BIOTECH WHEAT WHICH IS DROUGHT RESISTANT, GOES TO USDA AND EPA
Agri-Pulse reports:

The Food and Drug Administration has given its green light to a genetically modified wheat from Argentine-based Bioceres Crop Solutions to be drought resistant, but the controversial biotech grain still needs to go through lengthy approvals by USDA and EPA before it can be commercialized, says a spokesman for U.S. Wheat Associates.

"The finding by the FDA is not an approval for this or any other transgenic wheat to be planted for commercial sale in the United States," USW and the National Association of Wheat Growers said in a statement. "Bioceres recently announced it will seek approval to plant HB4 wheat in Australia, but it has not announced plans to commercialize the trait in the United States."

Brazil last year approved imports of flour made from HB4 wheat that is being grown and harvested in Argentina.

The U.S. wheat sector is heavily dependent on the ability to export and remains concerned that the commercialization of biotech wheat could result in the loss of foreign markets in countries like Japan and South Korea.

To read U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Wheat Growers Association's joint statement click here.


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