The Government of Mexico (GOM) continues granting environmental and pilot testing permits to developers of genetically engineered (GE) corn and other crops on a limited basis.
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Mexico Approves 4 Additional GE Corn Pilot Tests
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The Government of Mexico (GOM) continues granting environmental and pilot testing permits to
developers of genetically engineered (GE) corn and other crops on a limited basis. On March 23, 2012,
the GOM published information indicating that four additional pilot tests of GE corn, the second stage
in the biotech approval process, were approved.
On March 23, 2012, the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food
(SAGARPA) through the National Service of Health, Food Safety, and Food Quality (SENASICA)
published updated information on the status of 2011 and 2012 year-to-date requests for experimental as
well as pilot testing of genetically modified corn.
The relevance of this updated information is that the GOM approved four additional pilot tests of GE
corn by a number of developers. The four additional tests are all approved in the area of Tamaulipas
and cover an area of 7.55 hectares. The publication also indicates that 11 experimental tests requested
in 2011 are still pending a final determination as to whether the tests will be approved or denied.
In 2011, the GOM received 76 (59 experimental and 17 pilot) requests for experimental or pilot testing
of GE corn. Of these, 46 have been approved (40 experimental and 6 pilot), 8 (all pilot) have been
denied, 19 (16 experimental and 3 pilot) are pending a determination (concurrence between different
regulatory agencies), and 3 (all experimental) are undergoing risk assessments. The GOM information
indicates that since the beginning of 2012, nine additional requests (6 environmental and 3 pilot) for GE
corn planting have been requested. The environmental requests are all in the state of Nayarit whereas
the pilot tests are in the irrigated production areas around the states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, and
Durango and cover an area of 1,175 hectares. It should be noted, however, that the GOM continues
permitting only a fraction of the requested area for planting and conducting experimental and pilot tests.
The most recent approved GE corn events for pilot testing are:
Event Release Locations Area Allowed (Ha)
DAS-Ø15Ø7-1 Tamaulipas: Matamoros and Rio Bravo 2.00
MON-ØØ6Ø3-6 Tamaulipas: Predios Diaz Ordaz, Rio Bravo and Valle Hermoso 0.15
DAS-Ø15Ø7-1 Tamaulipas: Predios Diaz Ordaz, Rio Bravo and Valle Hermoso 2.70
DAS-Ø15Ø7-1 x Tamaulipas: Predios Diaz Ordaz, Rio Bravo and Valle Hermoso
MON 2.70 -ØØ6Ø3-6
In addition to the above four pilot tests, Mexico approved the following GE corn events for testing on
December 31, 2011.
Event Release Lo Area cations Allowed (Ha)
MON-ØØ6Ø3-6 Sinaloa municipalities: Guasave, El Fuerte, Salvador, Alvarado,
Ahome, Culiacan, and E 20.28 lota
MON-89Ø34-3 x Sinaloa municipalities: Guasave, Angostura, El Fuerte, Salvador
MON-88Ø17-3 Alvarado, Ahome, Culiacan, Elota, Navolato and B 43.20 adiraguato
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'
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home page at www.fas.usda.gov for a complete selection of FAS worldwide agricultural reporting.
Other Relevant Reports Submitted by FAS/Mexico:
Report Subject Date
MX2001 GE Corn Pilot Tests Approved 1/6/2012
MX1100 Mapping Mexican Corn and Implications for Biotech 12/21/2011
MX1086 Biotech Corn Permits Being Reviewed-November Update 11/18/2011
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
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