German food agency approves planting of BASF Amflora potato

30 April 2009 18:30  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--Germany’s food safety agency, BVL, has approved limited planting of BASF’s genetically modified Amflora potato, it said on Thursday.

Braunschweig-based Bundesamt fur Verbraucherschutz said it would allow planting of Amflora on a site of no more than 20 ha (49 acres) in the country’s north-eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in 2009 and 2010.

The planned planting did not pose dangers for people or the environment, the agency said.

However, the approval was subject to a number of conditions, it said.

Importantly, the potatoes grown at the site were not allowed to be used as food or animal feed, the agency said.

BVL noted that EU authorities had yet to decide on approving Amflora.

Earlier this month, Germany’s agriculture minister banned Monsanto’s genetically modified maize (corn) MON 810, saying the product posed a danger for the environment.

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