INDIANAPOLIS and DES MOINES, IA, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - The European Commission
today announced it has granted full food, feed, processing and import approval
of grain corn and derived products containing the HERCULEX(R) RW Rootworm
Protection trait, as well as the stack of HERCULEX I Insect Protection and
Roundup Ready(R) Corn 2 (RR2), into the European Union (EU).
These products had previously been deemed safe by the EU's own
independent scientific authority - the European Food Safety Authority - and
have been approved in numerous other countries around the world already. This
decision means grain with these traits is immediately approved for import as
grain and processed products into the 27-nation EU.
With this EU decision and the approval of HERCULEX I last year, grain
with the HERCULEX RW and HERCULEX I/RR2 stack traits will no longer be sold
under the Market Choices(R) certification mark, identifying products approved
for food and feed use in the United States and Japan but not the EU,
facilitating appropriate market-channeling.
HERCULEX(R) Insect Protection was developed through a research
collaboration between Dow AgroSciences LLC and Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont
"This is timely news for North American corn growers and the grain
industry," says Ben Kaehler, Traits & Germplasm Licensing business leader for
Dow AgroSciences. "This decision removes the last major overseas market
restriction for these traits and frees exporters to market products with these
traits around the globe. It also shows the growing acceptance of the safety
and benefits of products developed through biotechnology."
"Corn growers have quickly recognized the value of HERCULEX and adopted
it because it provides a broader spectrum of insect protection for their
high-yielding hybrids," adds Dean Oestreich, president of Pioneer. "This EU
approval also clears the way for corn growers to purchase seed protected by
HERCULEX I and HERCULEX RW, knowing they can plant it in 2008 without any
grain channeling restrictions."
HERCULEX(R) I Insect Protection provides the broadest above-ground,
in-plant insect protection available today against pests like European and
southwestern corn borer, western bean cutworm, black cutworm and fall
armyworm. Other above ground in-plant traits primarily protect against
European and southwestern corn borer, making HERCULEX I the broadest
above-ground, in-plant corn protection on the market.
HERCULEX RW is the first transgenic corn trait to express binary
proteins - Cry34 Ab1 and Cry35 Ab1 - from a unique, newly discovered strain of
Bt. It has proven through grower use and company and Extension field trials to
provide excellent protection against three species of corn rootworm: western,
northern and Mexican corn rootworm.
Another product offered in the U.S. market is HERCULEX XTRA Insect
Protection. The EU decision does not include HERCULEX XTRA, nor the stack of
HERCULEX(R) XTRA Insect Protection and RR2 traits. EU approval of these traits
is expected in the near future.
Pioneer and Dow AgroSciences independently market and sell products with
HERCULEX traits - Pioneer within its own brand, and Dow AgroSciences through
Mycogen Seeds, the retail seed brand of Dow AgroSciences. Dow AgroSciences
also licenses HERCULEX to nearly 160 seed companies throughout North America.
Dow AgroSciences LLC, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, is a top tier
agricultural company providing innovative crop protection, pest and vegetation
management, seed, and agricultural biotechnology solutions to serve the
world's growing population. Global sales for Dow AgroSciences, a wholly owned
subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, are $3.4 billion. Learn more at
www.dowagro.com. Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc. brings innovation to life
through people, chemistry and biotechnology in the areas of seed & crop
production and pest management. This is accomplished through the production of
healthy food and feed and in deriving industrial feedstocks from agriculture.
With 135 employees throughout Canada, Dow AgroSciences Canada, Inc is
headquartered in Calgary with a canola breeding facility in Saskatoon at the
University of Saskatchewan. For more information on Dow AgroSciences Canada
Inc. and their products, visit www.dowagro.ca. Dow AgroSciences and Mycogen
Seeds are wholly owned subsidiaries of the Dow Chemical Company. Mycogen, the
retail seed brand of Dow AgroSciences, markets grain corn, silage corn and
nutritionally enhanced corn seed, as well as sunflower, canola, soybean,
alfalfa and sorghum seed through an extensive network of dealers across the
United States. Learn more at www.CornCentral.com and www.Mycogen.com.
Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, is the world's leading source of
customized solutions for farmers, livestock producers and grain and oilseed
processors. With headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Pioneer provides access to
advanced plant genetics in nearly 70 countries. DuPont is a science-based
products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by
creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life
for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a
wide range of innovative products and services for markets including
agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and
HERCULEX(R) Insect Protection technology by Dow AgroSciences and Pioneer
(R)HERCULEX is a registered trademark of Dow AgroSciences LLC
(R)Roundup Ready is a registered trademark of Monsanto Company.
(R)LIBERTY is a registered trademark of Bayer.
(R)Market Choices is a certification mark used under license from ASTA.
For further information:
For further information: Dow AgroSciences LLC, Ben Kaehler, (317)
337-7546, firstname.lastname@example.org; Pioneer Hi-Bred, Jerry Harrington, (515) 334-6908,