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Biotechnology Consultation Agency Response Letter BNF No. 000038

Return to inventory: Completed Consultations on Foods from Genetically Engineered Plant Varieties

See also Biotechnology: Genetically Engineered Plants for Food and Feed and about Submissions on Bioengineered New Plant Varieties


See FDA's memo on BNF No. 000038 for further details

October 8, 1998

Vickie Forster
Registration Specialist
Regulatory Affairs - Biotechnology
AgrEvo USA Company
Little Falls Centre One
2711 Centerville Road
Wilmington, Delaware 19808

Dear Ms. Forster:

This letter is in regard to your genetically modified sugar beet line containing transformation event T120-7, about which you initiated consultation with the Agency in September of 1996. According to AgrEvo, the new sugar beet variety has been rendered tolerant to the herbicide glufosinate through the expression of the pat gene derived from Streptomyces viridochromogenes.

As part of bringing your consultation with FDA regarding this product to closure, you submitted a summary of your safety and nutritional assessment for the new sugar beet variety on June 19, 1998. These communications informed FDA of the steps taken by AgrEvo to ensure that this product complies with those legal and regulatory requirements that fall within FDA's jurisdiction. Based on the safety and nutritional assessment you have conducted, it is our understanding that AgrEvo has concluded that the new sugar beet line is not materially different in composition, safety or other relevant parameters from sugar beet varieties currently on the market, and that it does not raise issues that would require premarket review or approval by FDA. All materials relevant to this consultation have been placed in a file that has been designated BNF 0038 and that will be maintained in the Office of Premarket Approval.

Based on the information AgrEvo has presented to FDA, we have no further questions concerning glufosinate-tolerant sugar beet containing transformation event T120-7 at this time. However, as you are aware, it is AgrEvo's continued responsibility to ensure that foods the firm markets are safe, wholesome and in compliance with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements.

Sincerely yours,

Alan M. Rulis, Ph.D.
Director
Office of Premarket Approval
Center for Food Safety
      and Applied Nutrition