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Monsanto Canada will wait to register GM wheat

December 22, 2003
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Reuters reports that Monsanto''s Canadian division will not ask an annual industry meeting in February to recommend its genetically modified wheat be registered in 2004, according to a company memo Reuters obtained on Thursday. Instead, Monsanto will continue to test its wheat until it becomes more accepted by the industry, the company said. Monsanto has completed three years of field tests on several lines of GM wheat, designed to withstand its Roundup weedkiller. Under Canadian rules, it could ask an industry body, the Prairie Registration Recommending Committee for Grains, to review its agronomic data. The committee is responsible for advising the federal government on what varieties of grain should be registered for commercial use in Canada. Meanwhile, Canadian government regulators who reviewing food, feed and environmental safety data on GM wheat have not yet approved the crop for release.
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