GENTECH archive 8.96-97


More Gene Crops Coming From the USA

    WASHINGTON, Feb 25 (Reuter) - Six genetically modified crops were pending
final approval as of January 31, according to a senior U.S. government

    John Payne, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Plant
Health Inspection Service's Biotechnology and Scientific Services, issued the
list at USDA's annual agricultral outlook forum. 

    The list comprises:     - Calgene Inc <CGNE.O> (insect resistant and
herbicide tolerant cotton, applied for approval January 13, 1997),     -
DuPont Co <DD.N> (improved oil profile soybean, applied January 8, 1997) 

    - Monsanto Co <MTC.N> (herbicide tolerant corn, applied November 12,
1996),     - Monsanto (herbicide tolerant and insect resistant corn, applied
November 12, 1996),     - DeKalb Genetics Corp <SEEDB.O> (insect resistant
corn, applied October 17, 1996),     - and Calgene (fruit ripening tomato,
applied September 3, 1996). 

    Calgene's Flavr Savr tomato was the first genetically modified crop to
get approval in 1992 and Payne said a total of 23 products had so far
received final approval. 

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