On Monday, July 9, NAEGA and NGFA submitted a joint statement to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regarding Bayer CropScience LP’s petition for the deregulation of its genetically engineered cotton, Event GHB811.
According to the letter, NAEGA and NGFA do not object to GHB811 being granted non-regulated status under APHIS’s Part 340 regulations. NAEGA and NGFA commend Bayer efforts to conduct its due diligence regarding risk assessment, management, and responsibility as a biotechnology provider, including securing export market approvals prior to commercializing new biotechnology traits. NAEGA and NGFA believe this to be a pragmatic approach in the facilitation of global trade, and that APHIS should maintain the non-regulated status of Bayer's GE cotton.
Read the full letter here.