• • • China Grants Regulatory Approval of TruFlex Canola With Roundup Ready Technology
GMO ruling by China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) will enable Canadian and U.S. canola farmers to access Bayer’s next-generation canola trait. MARA has granted safety certificate approval for the import and food/feed use of TruFlex canola with Roundup Ready technology (MON88302), say Bayer officials. MARA has notified Bayer that a safety certificate for TruFlex canola has been granted.
TruFlex canola is part of an improved canola system compared to Genuity Roundup Ready canola and is designed for a range of growing conditions, say Bayer officials. Stewarded plot trials and field demonstrations took place at several locations across western Canada last summer to allow farmers to see the performance of TruFlex canola in the field and drive preorders from farmers across western Canada. Bayer expects TruFlex canola will be planted on approximately 1 million acres in its inaugural season and will be offered in both the company’s DeKalb seed brand and from other Canadian licensees, including Nutrien Ag Solutions and Canterra Seeds.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada granted full food, feed and environmental safety approval of TruFlex canola in June 2012, and the product has been approved for import in several export markets. Securing import approval from China – Canada’s largest export market for canola – further enables our 2019 commercialization plans, say Bayer officials.