The Government of Mexico (GOM) has continued granting environmental testing permits to developers of genetically modified corn and other crops
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GAIN Report Number: MX 1086
2011 Biotech Corn Permits Being Reviewed?November
Biotechnology and Other New Production
The Government of Mexico (GOM) has continued granting environmental testing permits to developers
of genetically modified corn and other crops (see 2011 GAIN Report MX1070 Biotech Corn Permits
Reviewed). Mexico has not granted permission for pilot testing of genetically modified corn this year,
the subsequent stage in the approval process. Environmental testing requests continue receiving
approval, albeit for restricted acreage, as in previous years.
On November 07, 2011, the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and
Food?s (SAGARPA) National Service of Health, Food Safety, and Food Quality (SENASICA)
published updated information on the status of 2011 requests for experimental as well as pilot testing of
genetically modified corn. The publication indicated that 8.73 hectares of experimental planting of
genetically modified corn were approved during the period between January 20 and February 22, 2011.
Experimental testing permits were issued for 9 applications for a number of different genetic events
across the Mexican states of Tamaulipas, Nayarit, and Sonora. However, two requests for pilot testing
(Chihuahua and Coahuila) were denied. There are 44 additional applications (31 for experimental
testing and 13 for pilot testing) under risk analysis. The GOM continues permitting only a fraction of
the requested area for planting and conducting tests.
Moreover, there are 18 applications under the ?Binding Opinion? of the Secretariat of Environment and
Natural Resources (SEMARNAT). From these 18 applications, 16 are experimental testing permits and
two are pilot test. However, these last two were denied in Sonora by SEMARNAT. According to
Mexico?s Biosafety Law, in instances in which SAGARPA has primary responsibility for an experiment or
activity, SEMARNAT is still responsible for issuing bio-safety opinions prior to SAGARPA?s resolution.
(NOTE: SAGARPA, not SEMARNAT, issues approval for environmental release, although SEMARNAT
renders an opinion to SAGARPA beforehand through the inter-agency process. END NOTE.)
Information from SAGARPA SENASICA on 2010 and 2009 requests and approvals for environmental
and pilot testing of biotech corn is available from the SENASICA website.
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Other Relevant Reports Submitted by FAS/Mexico:
Report Subject Date
MX1070 2011 Biotech Corn Permits Being Reviewed 9/20/2011
MX1056 2011 Biotech Annual: Mexico Authorizes First Commercial 7/15/2011
MX1054 June Cotton Update 6/30/2011
MX1102 2010 Biotech Corn Permits Issued 1/26/2011
MX0044 2010 Biotech Annual: Mexican Government Continues to 7/14/2010
Support Biotech Crops
Useful Mexican Web Sites: Mexico's equivalent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (SAGARPA)
can be found at www.sagarpa.gob.mx , equivalent to the U.S. Department of Commerce (SE) can be
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found at www.economia.gob.mx and equivalent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (SALUD)
can be found at www.salud.gob.mx. These web sites are mentioned for the readers' convenience but
USDA does NOT in any way endorse, guarantee the accuracy of, or necessarily concur with, the
information contained on the mentioned sites.
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