By MICHELLE M. BONIAssociated PressMeadowbrook, Ill.
(AP) – The Food and Drug Administration says it’s ready to approve the first mollusc-reducing products, including a mucus reducers.
The FDA on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to the product from CropLife Technologies.
The agency says the products will be available in 20 markets in 2018 and 2020.
CropLife has developed molluscs that can absorb water and water-based chemicals, such as those used in pesticides.
Crop Life says it hopes to sell its products in 20 countries.
The FDA said in a statement that the agency is not able to provide a specific estimate on the impact of the mollusk-reducers on the air we breathe and how that impacts climate change.
Meadowsbrook is in southern Illinois, a part of Illinois that’s experiencing drought and heavy snowfall.
Mollusks are tiny, green algae that are used in food and cosmetics.
They have no smell and can be used as a source of protein, which is needed for many animal products.