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USDA deregulates Bayer's GE cotton

APHIS conducted a thorough review of the potential environmental impacts.

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced on July 24, 2018, the deregulation of Bayer CropScience’s cotton variety genetically engineered for resistance to the herbicides glyphosate and p-hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase inhibitors, such as isoxafluatole. 

APHIS conducted a thorough review of the potential environmental impacts and prepared a final environmental assessment, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. APHIS concluded in its final Plant Pest Risk Assessment that this variety of GE cotton is unlikely to pose a plant pest risk to agricultural crops or other plants in the United States.

As part of the petition process, APHIS prepared a draft plant pest risk assessment (PPRA), draft environmental assessment (EA), preliminary finding of no significant impact (FONSI), and a preliminary determination of nonregulated status. APHIS made these documents available for a 30-day public review and comment period on June 7, 2018.  After considering the public comments, APHIS has determined it is unlikely to pose a plant pest risk and is deregulating this variety of GE cotton. 

A copy of APHIS’ final PPRA, EA, FONSI and supporting documents can be found on the BRS website

Source: USDA APHIS

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