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In January 2024, Nigeria approved the commercial release of four TELA maize varieties, which have been genetically engineered for improved insect-resistance and drought-tolerance. In addition to South Africa, Nigeria has become the second country in...
On December 7, 2023, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) announced the registration of 51 genetically engineered (GE) corn and soy varieties, including 37 GE corn varieties and 14 GE soybean varieties.
On October 17, 2023, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) National Crop Variety Registration Committee (CNCVRC) published the first-ever variety registration list for genetically modified (GM) corn and soybeans. The list includes 37 GM corn varieties...
On October 17, 2023, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) published the revised "Administrative Measures on Labeling Agricultural Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) (Draft for Comments)." Significant updates in the revised draft...
On March 20, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW) and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) added a waxy corn product to their lists of genome edited products not subject to regulations for genetically engineered food, feed, and biodiversity.
On February 13, 2023, Mexico published a modified 2023 Corn Decree in the Diario Official Federal (DOF). The new Presidential decree abrogates the 2020 GE Corn Decree and is immediately effective on February 14, 2023.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

United Kingdom: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Since January 1, 2021, the UK has been responsible for authorizing products of genetic engineering (GE) using retained EU law. Eight GE crops are currently out for public consultation as part of the second tranche of approvals under the new UK...
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Mexico: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Mexico has not officially reported any approvals for genetically engineered (GE) agricultural products for food and feed use since May 2018. Additionally, Mexico has not approved any permit applications for cultivation of GE crop (cotton and alfalfa)...
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Bangladesh: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

The Government of Bangladesh has demonstrated a willingness to adopt and implement a modern agricultural policy framework and guidelines which support the safe and appropriate use of science and technology, including biotechnology, to address the...
On December 6, 2021, China’s National Crop Variety Registration Committee (NCVRC) published its National Registration Standards for Genetically Engineered Soybean Varieties and National Registration Standards for Genetically Engineered Corn Varieties...
On August 17, 2021, the European Commission (EC) approved seven genetically engineered (GE) crops (3 corn, 2 soybean, 1 rapeseed, and 1 cotton) and renewed the authorizations for two corn and one rapeseed crop used for food and animal feed.
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Turkey: Turkey Approves Five More Biotech Traits

On February 27, 2021, the Turkish Government published the Biosafety Decisions on import of genetically engineered (GE) soybean and corn events in the Official Gazette.