Canadian approval for SmartStax RIB
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has approved a refuge-in-a-bag (RIB) version of Monsanto/Dow AgroSciences’ genetically modified insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant SmartStax maize. The RIB product comprises 95% GM seed and 5% non-GM seed in the same bag to provide an anti-resistance refuge. US approval was granted in April ( Agrow 614, p 23). Commercial introduction is planned for 2012.