CIBUS Global, a precision gene editing firm, announced last week that its first commercial product, SU Canola (Sulfonylurea Tolerant), has received plant novel trait approval from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada, allowing Cibus to fully commercialize this product in Canada.
Cibus SU Canola is a new alternative for weed control that will provide Canadian farmers with options to deal with weed resistance resulting from overuse of current herbicide-tolerant biotech varieties.
"The approval from the Canadian government is an exciting and necessary step for Cibus while we advance our technologies into this important marketplace for canola," said David Voss, vice president of commercial development for Cibus. "The new system offers an excellent alternative weed control system for farmers. Cibus' SU herbicide-tolerant system controls glyphosate-resistant weeds such as pigweed and is an excellent crop rotational partner for glyphosate-tolerant soybeans."
According to the environmental safety assessment completed by CFIA, SU Canola is approved for unconfined release into the environment since it does not present increased risk compared to currently cultivated canola varieties in Canada.
SU Canola is already commercially available in the U.S., and the company will now move forward with plans to make the product available in Canada.
Cibus' core technology has applications in yeast, bacteria, plants and animals, as well as in agricultural, industrial lubricant, food ingredient and health care markets.