BASF files against EU on GM potato approval delay

24 July 2008 15:00  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICSI news)--BASF has filed a court action against the EU Commission for delaying the approval process for the cultivation of its Amflora genetically modified potato, the German chemicals company said on Thursday.


According to BASF, the process has been unjustifiably delayed on several occasions. It said Commissioner Stavros Dimas did not adopt the approval between June 2007 and May 2008 after the completion of other procedural steps.


“EU Commissioners have postponed Amflora’s approval despite repeated positive safety assessments by the European Food Safety Authority…we are not prepared to accept and further delays,” said BASF board member Stefan Marcinowski.


In May, the EU Commission said more research was needed into the potential effects of Amflora before the green light is given for use in Europe.


The legal action was filed at the European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg.

By: Mark Watts
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