November 28, 2007
Final week for comments on USDA proposal to deregulate GE soybeans
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2007--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is seeking public comment on a petition to deregulate soybean line 356043, genetically engineered (GE) for herbicide resistance.
The petition for deregulation, submitted by Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., is in accordance with APHIS’ regulations concerning the introduction of GE organisms and products. APHIS has prepared a draft environmental assessment (EA) to determine whether deregulating the soybean could have a significant impact on the environment. After a thorough review of the scientific evidence, APHIS’ current preferred action is to deregulate the soybean based on the fact that it does not present a plant-pest risk.
How to comment:
APHIS is seeking comments on the petition and invites comments on the EA. Consideration will be given to comments received on or before Dec. 4. Send an original and three copies of postal mail or commercial delivery comments to Docket No. APHIS-2007-0019, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, Md. 20737-1238. If you wish to submit a comment using the Internet, go to the Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov, select “Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service” from the agency drop-down menu; then click on “Submit.” In the Docket ID column, select APHIS-2007-0019 to submit or view public comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.
Comments are posted on the Regulations.gov Web site and may also be viewed at USDA, Room 1141, South Building, 14th St. and Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Please call (202) 690-2817 to facilitate entry into the comment reading room.
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These plants produce several pharmacologically active substances, as is documented within the Docket No. APHIS-2007-0019 petition.
Transformation event 356043 is being petitioned as well, to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA Application No. EFSA-GMO-UK-2007-43), also in soybeans, for import, food and feed use.
An appeal to the EFSA delivered via weblog, citing serious concerns about the proposed deregulation of transformation event 356043, was posted recently at:
Posted by: Sydney | Dec 1, 2007 11:52:28 AM
It's so informative that APHIS has prepared a draft environmental assessment (EA) to determine whether deregulating the soybean could have a significant impact on the environment.
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