EU Approves Herculex® RW Corn for Food, Feed, Import and Processing

Imports into the European Union Also Authorized for Corn Stacked with Herculex® I and RoundupReady® Corn 2 Traits

BRUSSELS, Belgium, Oct. 24, 2007
-- The European Union Commission today announced that it has approved two biotech corn products for food, feed, import and processing jointly developed by DuPont and Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company. Corn products containing the Herculex® RW Rootworm Protection trait (also known as 59122 maize) and the Herculex® I insect protection trait stacked with Roundup Ready® Corn 2 (also known as 1507xNK603 maize) are now permitted for import into the European Union (EU).

“Today’s approval is encouraging and we look forward to continued progress in the EU biotech approval process,” said Dean Oestreich, DuPont vice president and general manager and president of Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business. “We urge the Commission to ensure similar treatment for cultivation applications so that Europe’s farmers can enjoy the same benefits as millions of other farmers around the world.”

These products have been deemed safe by the EU’s own independent scientific authority, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), and have already been approved in numerous other countries around the world. Both products are now authorized for import into the EU in accordance with EU regulations, including the appropriate labeling and traceability of the products and their derivatives.

“These approvals tell us that the EU recognizes both the safety and benefits of our biotech products,” said Dow AgroSciences President and CEO Jerome Peribere, “and the importance of a functioning approval process that ensures continued access to these products as important ingredients for animal feed for Europe’s livestock producers.”

Herculex® RW has been genetically modified with the Bt trait to provide a means of protecting corn plants against destructive insect attacks with a reducedenvironmental footprint. Herculex® RW helps reduce pesticide applications and, because it produces more grain on the same land area, it improves farm productivity and profitability – sustainable agriculture in practice.

The Herculex® I, Roundup Ready® Corn 2 stack was developed from traditional breeding methods of two genetically modified corn lines (1507 maize and NK603 maize) and contains no new genetic modifications. Herculex® I and Roundup Ready® Corn 2 were approved by the EU for food, feed, import and processing in March 2006 and March 2005, respectively.

Dow AgroSciences LLC, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, is a top-tier agricultural company providing innovative crop protection, pest and vegetation management, seed, and agricultural biotechnology solutions to serve the world’s growing population. Global sales for Dow AgroSciences, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, are $3.4 billion.

Dow is a diversified chemical company that harnesses the power of innovation, science and technology to constantly improve what is essential to human progress. The company offers a broad range of products and services to customers in more than 175 countries, helping them to provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products. Built on a commitment to its principles of sustainability, Dow has annual sales of $49 billion and employs 43,000 people worldwide.

Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, is the world's leading source of customized solutions for farmers, livestock producers and grain and oilseed processors. With headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Pioneer provides access to advanced plant genetics in nearly 70 countries.

DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

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Herculex® Insect Protection technology by Dow AgroSciences and Pioneer Hi-Bred. ® Herculex and the HX logo are registered trademarks of Dow AgroSciences LLC. ® Roundup Ready is a registered trademark of Monsanto Technology LLC

Background information on these applications:

59122 maize (Herculex® RW)
(Application Reference: EFSA-GMO-NL-2005-12)

  • Application submitted under Reg. (EC) 1829/03 to EFSA via the Competent Authority of the Netherlands on January 24, 2005
  • EFSA acknowledged as a valid application on September 16, 2005
  • EFSA adopted a positive safety opinion on March 23, 2007
  • No decision in Standing Committee meeting on June 25, 2007
  • No decision at EU Agricultural Council meeting on September 26, 2007
  • Approved October 19, 2007

1507xNK603 maize (Herculex® I x Roundup Ready® Corn 2)
(Application Reference: EFSA-GMO-UK-2004-05)

  • Application submitted under Reg. (EC) 1829/03 to EFSA via the Competent Authority of the United Kingdom on September 27, 2004
  • EFSA acknowledged as a valid application on April 1, 2005
  • EFSA adopted a positive scientific opinion on March 28, 2006
  • No decision in Standing Committee meeting on June 8, 2007
  • No decision at EU Agricultural Council meeting on September 26, 2007
  • Approved October 19, 2007

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