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BASF confirms cause of Amflora contamination

BASF has confirmed that plantings of its genetically modified amylopectin potato, Amflora, commingled with the unapproved, GM potato, Amadea ( Agrow No 599, p 23), because both varieties were grown in close proximity at one site during the early seed propagation stage. The company says that it will now separate its production system for Amflora from those involving unapproved GM potato lines. All plants will also be subjected to molecular analysis at an early stage of propagation before being planted in the field for the first time. BASF further says that it will destroy all potato plants on the 16 ha site in northern Sweden, where the Amadea potato plants were found. No other sites have been affected.

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