FDA Completes Consultation Process on Agrisure Viptera™ Trait

Syngenta reported today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has completed the consultation process for its new Agrisure Viptera™ trait, formerly referred to as the MIR162 event, for the control of a broad spectrum of lepidopteran corn pests.

This important milestone in the regulatory approval process follows the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval of the Agrisure Viptera trait, which was received in late November. The FDA action confirms human and animal food safety.

Pending all remaining U.S. and key global regulatory approvals, including import approvals, hybrids containing the new trait are anticipated to be available for planting in spring 2010. The trait will only be available stacked with either the Agrisure® 3000GT trait stack for control of European corn borer, corn rootworm and glyphosate or glufosinate herbicide tolerance, or the Agrisure GT/CB/LL stack for control of European corn borer with glyphosate and glufosinate herbicide tolerance.

“We are delighted to be able to announce the achievement of another important milestone in the regulatory process for the new Agrisure Viptera trait,” said Tracy Mader, Marketing Manager for Agrisure Corn Traits. “Our Syngenta research trials indicate this trait will be an important new tool in providing enhanced control of a broad range of lepidopteran corn pests including corn earworm, Western bean cutworm, black cutworm and fall armyworm.”