USDA APHIS Deregulates Plant-Parasitic, Nematode-Protected, and Herbicide Tolerant GM Soybean
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced the deregulation of genetically
engineered soybean event GMB 151 developed by BASF Corporation.
Soybean GMB 151 was developed using genetic engineeringfor resistance to
the plant-parasitic nematode, soybean cyst nematode (/Heterodera
glycines/), and for tolerance to 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase
(HPPD-4) inhibitorherbicides. APHIS based the determination of
nonregulated status on their evaluation of data submitted by BASF
Corporation in its petition for a determination of nonregulated status,
analysis of available scientific data, and public comments in response
to notices announcing the availability of the petition for nonregulated
status and its associated draft environmental assessment and draft plant
pest risk assessment.
APHIS considered all public comments and conducted a thorough review of
the potential environmental impacts in its final environmental
assessment (EA) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act
(NEPA), reaching a finding of no significant impact (FONSI). In its
draft plant pest risk assessment (PPRA), APHIS concluded that the GMB
151 soybean variety is unlikely to pose a plant pest risk to
agricultural crops or other plants in the United States and is
deregulating it effective March 9, 2022.