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Decision document DD2019-124: Determination of the safety of RiceTec Inc.'s rice (Oryza sativa L.) event RTC1

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This decision document has been prepared to explain the regulatory decisions reached under Section 2.6 – Guidelines for the assessment of novel feeds: Plant sources, of Chapter 2 of the RG-1 Regulatory Guidance: Feed Registration Procedures and Labelling Standards, and based on the environmental criteria in Directive 94-08 – Assessment criteria for determining environmental safety of plants with novel traits.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), specifically the Animal Feed Program (AFP) of the Animal Health Directorate, with input from the Plant and Biotechnology Risk Assessment Unit of the Plant Health Science Directorate, CFIA, has evaluated information submitted by RiceTec Inc. This information concerns the imazethapyr tolerant rice event RTC1. The CFIA has determined that feed derived from rice event RTC1 does not present a significant risk to the environment, nor does it present livestock feed safety or nutrition concerns when compared to currently commercialized rice varieties in Canada.

Taking into account this evaluation, use as livestock feed of rice event RTC1, is therefore, authorized by the Animal Feed Program of the Animal Health Directorate as of June 4, 2019. Any rice lines derived from rice event RTC1 may also be used as livestock feed, provided that

Rice event RTC1 is subject to the same phytosanitary import requirements as unmodified rice varieties. Rice event RTC1 is required to meet the requirements of other jurisdictions, including but not limited to, the Food and Drugs Act and the Pest Control Products Act.

Please note that the livestock feed assessment of novel feeds is a critical step in the potential commercialization of these plant types. Other requirements, such as the assessment of novel foods by Health Canada, have been addressed separately from this review.

June 4, 2019

This directive was created by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. For further information, please contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

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