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Monsanto’s Healthy-Oil Soybean Cleared for Planting, USDA Says

July 13, 2012

Monsanto Co. (MON:US), the world’s biggest seed company, received clearance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to begin selling a genetically modified soybean that the company says produces healthier cooking oil.

The seed was deregulated because it’s unlikely to pose a plant-pest risk, the USDA said today on its website. The oilseed contains 20 percent to 30 percent stearidonic acid, an alternate source of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and leafy vegetables, according to the agency’s assessment.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jack Kaskey in Houston at jkaskey@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Simon Casey at scasey4@bloomberg.net


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