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CALGENE APPLAUDS CLINTON ADMINISTRATION SUPPORT FOR AG BIOTECH; USDA RULES WILL ACCELERATE & SIMPLIFY BIOTECH PLANT FIELD TESTS

 DAVIS, Calif., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Roger Salquist, Chairman and CEO of Calgene Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: CGNE), applauded today's publication of a final rule by the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal, Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS) on notification procedures for genetically engineered field tests in six important crops -- corn, cotton, potato, soybean, tobacco and tomato. "We are highly gratified that Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy and the Clinton-Gore Administration have acknowledged the significant knowledge accumulated in five years of testing genetically engineered crops, and that they have moved decisively to sharply reduce the regulatory burden in crops where it has been thoroughly demonstrated that there is little risk," Salquist stated. "I and my colleagues in the agricultural biotechnology industry have lobbied extensively over the past five months to have final rules embodying the current provisions enacted. The original rules, published last November reflected an inappropriate balance between regulatory oversight and scientific and commercial flexibility. Industry and the public both want a responsible and reasonable federal oversight mechanism, and these rules accomplish that."
 Calgene has previously been issued 17 field trial permits to test genetically engineered cotton in 12 different states. Under the new rules, Calgene will expand those trials in 1993, preparatory to the planned launch of the first genetically engineered cotton product in 1994. Calgene's FLAVR SAVR(TM) tomato was given a final approval by the USDA in October 1992, and is no longer subject to field trial regulation.
 Calgene is an agribusiness biotechnology company that is developing improved plant varieties and plant products for the fresh tomato, cotton seed and special industrial and edible oils business.
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 /CONTACT: Roger Salquist, chairman and chief executive officer of Calgene, 916-753-6313/
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