Enlist E3 Soybeans Successfully Complete FDA Consultation
Third Enlist Trait to Complete FDA Review for Food and Feed Safety
INDIANAPOLIS & WEST POINT, Iowa -- December 18, 2013
Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company
(NYSE: DOW), and MS Technologies announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) has completed its consultation for Enlist E3™ soybeans.
The agency has no further questions based on submitted data that concluded
Enlist E3 soybeans are not different in composition, safety, and other
relevant parameters from soybean-derived food and feed currently on the
market. This advanced technology is part of the Enlist™ Weed Control System
that combines innovative traits, herbicides, and stewardship to deliver weed
control that farmers need now while sustaining beneficial farming practices.
“This past cropping season has shown that weed control challenges are getting
worse, and farmers need new solutions. This regulatory consultation for Enlist
E3 soybeans illustrates the strong foundation of science upon which Enlist is
based,” said Joe Vertin, global business leader, Enlist Weed Control System,
Dow AgroSciences. “We are committed to bringing farmers this important
innovation so they can take back their fields from the weeds and enable their
crops to reach their full yield potential.”
The Enlist E3 soybean event includes, for the first time, three
herbicide-tolerant genes stacked together as part of a single genetic event in
the soybean genome. These genes provide tolerance to Dow AgroSciences’ new
2,4-D product, glyphosate, and glufosinate. A product offering of the Enlist
system, Enlist E3™ soybeans will be brought to market in high-yielding
varieties, widely available in multiple brands for farmers who want improved
weed control and high yields. The innovative product is being developed
through a collaboration between MS Technologies and Dow AgroSciences.
The FDA consultation is a voluntary step as part of the overall federal
deregulation process, which also entails a separate scientific review by the
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The FDA finished its consultation
regarding Enlist corn and Enlist soybeans in 2011. The USDA is currently
assessing the Enlist corn and soybean traits and is conducting an
Environmental Impact Statement as part of the review process.
About Dow AgroSciences
Dow AgroSciences, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, develops leading-edge
crop protection and plant biotechnology solutions to meet the challenges of
the growing world. Dow AgroSciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow
Chemical Company and had annual global sales of $6.4 billion in 2012. Learn
more at www.dowagro.com. Follow Dow AgroSciences on Facebook, Twitter,and
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About M.S. Technologies
MS Technologies LLC is a leading trait, technology and soybean genetics
provider. MS Technologies LLC features a portfolio of in-house traits,
including a variety of herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant traits, as well
as wide access to other traits and technologies through collaborative
agreements with other parties. Follow MS Technologies on Facebook, Twitter or
learn more at www.mstechseed.com.
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Dow. Regulatory approvals are pending for the Enlist™ herbicide solution and
crops containing Enlist herbicide tolerance traits. The information presented
here is not an offer for sale. Always read and follow label directions. ©2013
Dow AgroSciences LLC
Enlist E3 soybeans are being jointly developed by Dow AgroSciences and MS
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