Bayer CropScience's LibertyLink soybeans (A2704-12) received the European Commission's final approval for importation into the European Union for food and feed use.
This will allow the commercial launch of LibertyLink soybeans in the U.S. for the 2009 planting season.
"It has been more than 10 years since the EU approved a biotech-enhanced soybean variety for importation," says American Soybean Association First Vice President Johnny Dodson, a soybean producer from Halls, Tenn., who chairs ASA's Biotech Working Group. "We welcome the approval of LibertyLink soybeans and hope this approval will lead to a new era of timely, science-based EU reviews for biotech-enhanced seed products."
The approval provides U.S. soybean producers with market access to nearly half a billion consumers living in the 27 EU member states of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Most importantly, it provides livestock and poultry producers in these countries with access to high quality U.S. soybeans and soybean meal.