Monsanto Seeks Non-Regulated Status of Genetically Engineered Alfalfa

Monsanto Company and Forage Genetics International are seeking a determination of non-regulated status of alfalfa designated as event KK179. This alfalfa event has been genetically engineered to express reduced levels of guaiacyl lignin. The reduction in G lignin - according to USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service - leads to reduced accumulation of total lignin in alfalfa forage. The petition states this alfalfa event is unlikely to pose a plant pest risk and - therefore - should not be a regulated article under APHIS regulations. The petition was submitted to APHIS in accordance with the regulations concerning the introduction of certain genetically engineered organisms and products. It was published in the April 22 Federal Register. APHIS is accepting public comments for 60 days.

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