2011 Biotech Corn Permits Being Reviewed

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Posted on: 30 Nov 2011

The Government of Mexico (GOM) has continued granting environmental testing permits to developers of genetically modified corn and other crops

THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY Voluntary Public - Date: 11/18/2011 GAIN Report Number: MX 1086 Mexico Post: Mexico 2011 Biotech Corn Permits Being Reviewed?November Update Report Categories: Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies Approved By: Dan Berman Prepared By: Benjamin Juarez Report Highlights: 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. General Information: 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. For More Information FAS/Mexico Web Site: We are available at www.mexico-usda.com or visit the FAS headquarters' home page at www.fas.usda.gov for a complete selection of FAS worldwide agricultural reporting. FAS/Mexico YouTube Channel: Catch the latest videos of FAS Mexico at work http://www.youtube.com/user/ATOMexicoCity Other Relevant Reports Submitted by FAS/Mexico: Report Subject Date Number Submitted MX1070 2011 Biotech Corn Permits Being Reviewed 9/20/2011 MX1056 2011 Biotech Annual: Mexico Authorizes First Commercial 7/15/2011 Biotech Cultivation 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 MX 1086 2011 Biotech Corn Permits Being Reviewed?November Update Page 2 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. MX 1086 2011 Biotech Corn Permits Being Reviewed?November Update Page 3
Posted: 30 November 2011

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