New Cotton Tech Gets Label in Brazil

Dow AgroSciences announced Thursday that WideStrike is approved for planting in Brazil, joining a growing list of American biotechnology products approved for planting and use in food and animal feed internationally.

Published on: Mar 19, 2009

WideStrike cotton on Thursday joined a growing list of biotechnology products approved for planting and use in food and animal feed in international markets when the Brazilian National Technical Commission of Biosafety labeled WideStrike Insect Protection technology.

Other biotech approvals around the world include Monsanto's Roundup Ready, Bayer CropScience's LibertyLink and Dow's Herculex. Biotech cotton oils have been approved in the European Union since 2003.

LibertyLink soybeans are fully approved for food, feed and cultivation in the United States and Canada. Additionally, import approvals have been obtained in key soybean export markets with biotech approval processes including Australia, China, the European Union, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa and Taiwan.

In December 2008, CTNBio granted its approval to Dow AgroSciences for Herculex I Insect Protection technology that provides protection against the main corn pest in Brazil, the sugar cane borer and fall armyworm. The commercialization of the Herculex I hybrid corn seeds, which also produces a Bt protein to protect the plant, already was approved by the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture.

Monsanto's Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans won EU approval in December 2008.

All foods containing or derived from technologically improved organisms must be labeled as such in the EU. EU member states include 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.

WideStike, currently marketed in the United States, uses two insect resistant traits that effectively control important cotton pests especially fall army worms, tobacco budworm, pink bollworm, and the Alabama cotton leafworm pests. Studies conducted by Dow AgroSciences and analyzed by CTNBio show that WideStrike does not create unreasonable risk to humans or the environment.

Before becoming available in the Brazilian market, this technology has gone through rigorous testing in several regions of the country, and also has been tested in laboratories.

Cottonseed containing this technology has been planted since 2004 in the United States where the oil and meal produced from WideStrike cotton seed has been approved for use in human food and animal feed. These products have also been approved for use in human food and animal feed in Canada and in Japan, as well as for in human food in Mexico, South Korea, and Australia.