USDA Announces Genetically Engineered (GE) Alfalfa and Potato Deregulations, and Availability of a Petition for Public Comment to Deregulate another GE Potato Variety

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Dear BRS Stakeholder, 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing today determinations of nonregulated status for a genetically engineered (GE) low-lignin alfalfa variety developed by Monsanto Company and Forage Genetics International (FGI); and for GE potato varieties developed by J.R. Simplot Company (Simplot) that are engineered for low-acrylamide potential and reduced black spot bruising. 

We are also announcing the availability of a petition to deregulate a GE late blight resistant, low-acrylamide potential, reduced black spot bruising, and lowered reducing sugars potato variety, submitted by Simplot.  APHIS is making the petition available for a 60-day public comment period from November 10, 2014, to January 9, 2015.  During that time, go to and type “APHIS-2014-0076” into the search box to submit public comments and review the petition and other comments received.    

A copy of these petitions, determinations, and supporting documents can be found on the News and Information page of the BRS website.