European Commission gives green light for GM soybean

02 October 2020 | Muriel Cozier

Approval followed a ‘comprehensive authorisation procedure.’

The European Commission has authorised the use of a genetically modified soybean for food and feed, but not for cultivation, in the European Union.

The Commission said the authorised soybean, which has been developed by Bayer Crop Sciences, was approved after going through a ‘comprehensive authorisation procedure, including a favourable scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority.’  The authorisation is valid for 10 years and any products produced from the genetically modified soybean will be subject to the EU’s labelling and traceability rules.

The soybean has been developed to provide tolerance to three herbicides: dicamba, glufosinate-ammonium and glyphosate. Known as XtendFlex, the soybean is said to be the first on the market with tolerance to three major herbicides. Bayer is planning a full commercial launch in the US and Canada for the 2021 growing season.

Bayer said that its XtendFlex soybean is the second major trait launch in the last five years. Bayer is known for is known for its strong commitment to soybean innovation.

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