DA approves use of genetically-modified corn for food, feeds

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) has approved the use of the herbicide-tolerant corn variety developed by Bayer CropScience Inc. for direct use as food, animals feed and processing.

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In its advisory, the DA-Bureau of Plant Industry said that Bayer’s Corn Transformation Event T25 (Corn T25) has undergone satisfactory biosafety assessment and found to be as safe as conventional corn, and can be a substitute for its traditional counterpart.

BPI gave the approval taking into account the dietary impact of any changes in nutritional content or value of Corn T25.

BPI Director Clarito Barron also gave Bayer a “passing grade” in compliance with all the requirements for the renewal of a previous biosafety permit.

Barron, however, stressed that the T25 maize variety and all progenies from crosses of the grain shall only be imported solely for direct use as food, feed, and processing and not for field-testing or propagation.

“Bayer shall take appropriate measures to protect human and animal health and environment and prevent a recurrence should accidental, unintentional reproduction occurs,” the BPI chief said.

The permit is valid for five years until December 2018. JAMES KONSTANTIN GALVEZ

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