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May 29, 2018 5:00 pm

Comment Deadline: APHIS Petition for Determination of Nonregulated Status of Canola Genetically Engineered for Altered Oil Profile and Resistance to an Imidazolinone Herbicide

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  • Genetics/Genomics

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), within the US Department of Agriculture, is requesting public comment on a petition from BASF Plant Science, LP, seeking a determination of nonregulated status of canola designated as event LBFLFK, which has been genetically engineered (GE) to allow for the synthesis of long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, including eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, from oleic acid in canola seed. The GE canola has also been genetically engineered for resistance to an imidazolinone herbicide.

APHIS is making the petition available for review and comment to help identify potential environmental and interrelated economic issues and impacts that should be considered in the evaluation of the petition.

Members of the public may submit comments by mail or at Regulations.gov. More information is available at this Federal Register notice.