What is the status of the Golden Rice project coordinated by IRRI?

In early 2017, the Philippines Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) submitted applications for a biosafety permit for the direct use in food, feed, or for processing, of GR2E Golden Rice to the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Plant Industry, the US Food and Drug Administration, Food Standards Australia New Zealand, and to Health Canada.

Completion of the food/feed safety assessment is a prerequisite for the conduct of bioefficacy studies with GR2E Golden Rice in the Philippines. The bioefficacy studies are an important component in demonstrating the value of Golden Rice in complementing other approaches to mitigate VAD.