European Commission authorises cultivation of BASF’s GM potato

02 March 2010 12:35  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--The European Commission has authorised the commercial cultivation in the EU of a genetically modified (GM) potato developed by German chemical producer BASF, it said on Tuesday

The GM potato Amflora was developed specifically for the production of starch suitable for industrial applications.

“The decision to authorise the cultivation of Amflora is the end of a process which started in Sweden in January 2003 and is based on a considerable volume of sound science,” the Commission said.

"All scientific issues, particularly those concerning safety, had been fully addressed. Any delay would have simply been unjustified," said John Dalli, health and consumer policy commissioner.

The Commission said that the decision provided strict cultivation conditions that prevented the possibility that GM potatoes would remain in fields after harvest and ensured that Amflora's seed would not be inadvertently disseminated into the wider environment.

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