FDA approves sugar made from Brazil’s first Bt sugarcane variety

| August 8, 2018

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded that it is safe to consume sugar produced from the genetically modified sugar cane developed by the Sugarcane Technology Center (CTC) [in Brazil], according to a company statement.

“Based on the information and documents presented, the FDA concluded that both raw and refined sugar produced from Brazil’s first genetically modified variety are as safe for consumption as from conventional varieties,” the CTC said, noting that the US agency’s approval will influence regulators around the world.

The Bt gene used in the variety has at least 20 years of safe use in global agriculture, especially in crops such as soybeans, corn and cotton.

“Recognition by the FDA is a source of pride for us all because it is one of the most relevant and critical regulatory agencies in the international arena,” said CTC Corporate Affairs Director Viler Janeiro.

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The approved Bt cane has already been planted on 400 hectares for about 100 mills in Brazil, but won’t be milled in the current season. The mills will first work on multiplying this variety while awaiting approval from other sugar importers.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in Portuguese. This English summary has been prepared with Google Translate and edited for clarity.

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3 thoughts on “FDA approves sugar made from Brazil’s first Bt sugarcane variety”

  1. Sugar is not a food. Our present sugar based diet is causing an epidemic of obesity and diabetes about the world.
    However let us not address that but go on further to:
    The main question is, will the rum produced form BT sugar be affected? And another question, will the ethanol burn as well in internal
    combustion engines as the present ethanol? Do our engines need organic ethanol or can those engines use the new and better
    ethanol produced from BT sugar?
    Now can we develop BT opium and BT coca plants also? There is a critical need for this to enhance production as consumption of these
    is soaring.

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