IN the latest development surrounding its controversial biotech corn seed, Syngenta AG recently decided to discontinue the sale of Agrisure Duracade in Canada.
Canadian farmers who purchased the seed for the 2014 planting season have been asked to return the product.
China and the European Union have not approved the trait, creating the potential for serious trade impediments if the trait is discovered in shipments.
In December, China rejected shipments of dried distillers grains with solubles when it found traces of Agrisure Viptera, also known as MIR162. Even though the trait has been on the market since 2011, it still has not been approved by China. Syngenta submitted paperwork for regulatory approval of Agrisure Duracade to China two years ago.
Syngenta and Gavilon Grain LLC recently announced a marketing partnership for U.S. farmers planning to use the seed this spring (Feedstuffs, March 3). Grain groups are still very apprehensive and emphasized that those involved in the program should strictly adhere to all aspects of the marketing program.