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Bayer blasts ‘unscientific’ rejection by Mexican regulator of GMO corn permit

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MEXICO CITY, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Bayer is evaluating its authorized choices after Mexican well being regulators for the primary time rejected a GMO corn permit it was searching for, the German pharmaceutical and crop science big mentioned in an announcement to Reuters on Friday, blasting the choice as “non-scientific.”

Reuters reported earlier within the day that regulator Cofepris rejected the corn permit for future import as the federal government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador hardens its opposition to genetically modified crops.

“We are disappointed with the non-scientific reasons that Cofepris used to deny the authorization,” the assertion mentioned, figuring out the rejected corn selection as utilizing its proprietary HT3 x SmartStax Pro expertise.

Bayer burdened that the permit denial doesn’t have an effect on its present enterprise.

The firm mentioned genetically modified crops together with corn have undergone extra security assessments than “any other crop in the history of agriculture” and have been judged protected for people, animals and the atmosphere.

The Cofepris press workplace didn’t reply to a number of requests for remark.

Lopez Obrador issued a controversial decree on the finish of final 12 months that outlined a three-year plan to ban the weed killer glyphosate and GMO corn for human consumption.

Industry associations have sharply criticized the plan and have sought unsuccessfully to influence judges to strike it down, arguing that it dangers a commerce dispute with the United States. If the ban is interpreted to incorporate animal feed or different industrial makes use of, they are saying it’s going to in the end hit customers with increased meals costs.

The deliberate prohibition, nevertheless, is well-liked with environmentalists and health-food advocates who argue that spraying glyphosate on the GMO crops designed to tolerate them is certainly dangerous.

Glyphosate was pioneered by the Roundup model of weed killers from agrochemical firm Monsanto, which was purchased by Bayer as half of a $63 billion acquisition in 2018.

Reporting by David Alire Garcia in Mexico City
Editing by Christian Plumb and Matthew Lewis

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