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USDA deregulates corn amylase used for ethanol

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 11:27am
Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Agriculture Department said on Friday it has deregulated a variety of corn genetically engineered to produce a common enzyme that speeds the breakdown of starch into sugar, a vital step in making ethanol.

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said Syngenta, the Swiss maker of the enzyme, called alpha-amylase, will create an advisory council and take other steps to alleviate concerns by foodmakers about the genetically engineered corn variety. Syngenta first requested APHIS deregulate the corn variety in 2005.

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