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EPA Issues Exemption from Requirement for a Plant Pesticide

The request for an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance was filed by Mycogen Seeds c/o Dow AgroSciences LLC. EPA received no comments in response to the notice of filing which appeared in the Federal Register of March 2, 2000. The petition requested that 40 CFR part 180 be amended by establishing an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of the plant pesticide Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1F protein and the genetic material necessary for its production in or on all food commodities.

In its overall safety conclusion regarding this issuance of exemption, the EPA states that, "There is reasonable certainty that no harm will result from aggregate exposure to the U.S. population, including infants and children, to the Cry1F protein and the generic material necessary for its production. This includes all anticipated dietary exposures and all other exposures for which there is reliable information." The EPA further states that it has reached this conclusion, because "no toxicity to mammals has been observed for the plant-pesticides."

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