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Biotech Tools Receive Approval

Biotech Tools Receive Approval
Two corn traits from Monsanto clear significant hurdle in Europe.

Every step toward biotech approval in the tough European market is good news, and Monsanto announced positive information Friday.

The company's YieldGard VT Pro and YieldGard VT Rootworm/RR2 have received European authorization. The decision covers the import, processing and food and feed use of these products. The final step in this process comes with publication of the decision by the European Commission.

The approvals follow the European Food Safety Authority's positive comments on the safety of the products, released in December 2008 for YieldGard VT Pro and in April 2009 for YieldGard VT Rootworm/RR2.

These approvals will allow North American farmers market access for these products. In a press statement, Jerry Hjelle, Monsanto's vice president global regulatory, welcomed "the Commission's decision to follow the independent scientific advice of the European Food Safety Authority...We hope for timely EU approvals for other existing and pipeline products.

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