Earlier this week a U.S. federal district court denied Syngenta’s request for a preliminary injunction against Bunge North America.
Late last month, Syngenta filed a complaint against Bunge North America for its refusal to accept corn with Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera trait. The complaint was filed by Syngenta North America in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa.
“Bunge is pleased with the court’s ruling denying Syngenta’s request for a preliminary injunction. This ruling is consistent with and validates Bunge’s decision to reject Agrisure Viptera corn at all of our locations as a legitimate and reasonable business decision,” according to a statement released by Bunge.
“We believe that the court will not vary from the opinion denying the preliminary injunction and will ultimately confirm its ruling that Syngenta’s case is without merit. We believe the court’s final ruling will further validate the actions Bunge took to protect the integrity of our export supply chain,” the company statement said.
Bunge and Consolidated Grain and Barge (CGB) announced in August that they would not accept corn with the Agrisure Viptera trait because it was not approved for export to China.
In a statement released by Syngenta, the company said: “This lawsuit is only part of Syngenta’s determination to secure greater clarity for growers regarding industry marketing practices for newly approved technologies, enabling them to market their grain with confidence. From this perspective, our determination is unchanged.”