Biotech Corn Permits Being Reviewed

An Expert's View about Agriculture and Animal Husbandry in Mexico

Posted on: 12 Oct 2011

The Government of Mexico (GOM) continues to grant environmental testing permits to developers of genetically modified corn and other crops (see 2011 GAIN Report MX1056 Biotechnology Annual). Mexico granted permission for pilot testing of genetically modified corn last year in Tamaulipas, but the permit receiver chose not to exercise the test. No permits for pilot testing, the subsequent stage in the approval process, have been approved, yet, this year.

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: 9/20/2011 GAIN Report Number: MX1070 Mexico Post: Mexico 2011 Biotech Corn Permits Being Reviewed Report Categories: Biotechnology Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies Grain and Feed Agriculture in the News Agriculture in the Economy Planting Seeds Approved By: Dan Berman Prepared By: Adam Branson Report Highlights: The Government of Mexico (GOM) continues to grant environmental testing permits to developers of genetically modified corn and other crops (see 2011 GAIN Report MX1056 Biotechnology Annual). Mexico granted permission for pilot testing of genetically modified corn last year in Tamaulipas, but the permit receiver chose not to exercise the test. No permits for pilot testing, the subsequent stage in the approval process, have been approved, yet, this year. General Information: On September 19, 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 1.29 hectares of experimental planting of genetically modified corn were approved during the January 20 to February 22, period. 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 46 additional applications (38 for experimental testing and 8 for pilot testing) under risk analysis. The GOM continues permitting only a fraction of the requested area for planting and conducting the tests. 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 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 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. MX1070 2011 Biotech Corn Permits Being Reviewed Page 2 MX1070 2011 Biotech Corn Permits Being Reviewed Page 3
Posted: 12 October 2011

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