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Syngenta announced that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a positive scientific opinion for Syngenta’s event 5307 (Agrisure Duracade) for food and feed use, allowing event 5307 to progress to the next step in the process of final grain import approval.

“The positive scientific opinion means Agrisure Duracade has successfully completed scientific evaluation in the European Union,” says Scott Huber, Syngenta head of seeds & traits regulatory affairs for North America. “We look forward to the application moving to the Standing Committee of representatives from the EU Member States, and ultimately completing the EU authorization process for final import approval.”

Syngenta will continue a program of grain marketing options for grain containing the Agrisure Duracade trait for 2018 planting. Working with Gavilon Grain, LLC, Syngenta is providing services to help growers identify accepting locations in their local geography with an expanded list of elevators, ethanol plants, feedlots, feed mills and livestock feeders.

“Hybrids with the Agrisure Duracade trait offer growers the latest genetics and trait technology with a simple in-bag E-Z Refuge seed blend,” says David Hollinrake, president of Syngenta Seeds, LLC. “We are invested in enabling access to these technologies because we believe growers will benefit from their performance and convenience.”

The Agrisure Duracade trait is available in the Agrisure Duracade 5222 E-Z Refuge and Agrisure Duracade 5122 E-Z Refuge trait stacks.

Agrisure Duracade 5222 E-Z Refuge represents the most advanced trait stack on the market, offering premium, broad-spectrum insect control to protect genetic yield potential. Featuring the Agrisure Duracade and Agrisure Viptera traits, it offers a unique protein and multiple modes of action against corn rootworm and above-ground insects to control 16 yield-limiting pests ― all while providing the convenience and simplicity of E-Z Refuge, a 5 percent in-bag refuge.

Agrisure Duracade 5122 E-Z Refuge includes multiple modes of action against corn rootworm and corn borer. Both Agrisure Duracade trait stacks are also available in water-optimizing Agrisure Artesian hybrids, helping growers make the most of their available water.

Grain containing the Agrisure Duracade trait already has cultivation approval in the U.S. and Canada, as well as import approval in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam.

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