USDA Announces Extension of Deregulation to GE Canola

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Dear BRS Stakeholder,

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing an extension of deregulation to Bayer CropScience’s canola known as event MS11, genetically engineered (GE) for male sterility and herbicide resistance.

APHIS previously reviewed and deregulated these GE traits in other varieties of GE canola. As part of the petition process, APHIS prepared a plant pest risk similarity assessment (PPRSA), 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 45-day public review and comment period on April 12, 2017. After considering the public comments, APHIS has determined there is no plant pest risk and is extending deregulation to the GE canola line.

A copy of the extension request and supporting documents can be found on the News and Information page of the BRS website.