Statement by the Sugar Industry Biotech Council on USDA’s APHIS Announcement on Next Steps on Sugar Beets

September 1, 2010

On September 1, 2010, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced its next steps in response to the August 13 ruling by Judge Jeffrey White of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California regarding Roundup Ready sugar beets.

The court returned this matter to APHIS to address and resolve consistent with the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farms.  The sugar industry is pleased to see that APHIS is engaged and working on this matter.  The sugar industry is likewise engaged and pledges its support to continue to provide APHIS any information necessary to move this process forward.