BASF allowed use of 120 tonnes of Amflora seed
BASF has been allowed to use 120 tonnes of seed potatoes in the coming spring harvested from the planting of its genetically modified amylopectin potato line, Amflora. The Minister for Agriculture of the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Till Backhaus, ordered some 18 tonnes of the total harvest of 138.3 tonnes to be destroyed because of contamination with BASF’s unapproved GM potato line, Amadea, at a site in Sweden ( Agrow No 599, p 23). The company completed the first large-scale harvest of Amflora potatoes in September after the GM line received EU approval for commercial cultivation earlier this year, over 13 years after submission ( Agrow No 587, p 12). It applied to the European Food Safety Authority for food, feed and cultivation approval of Amadea in September and expects to launch it in 2013/14 ( Agrow No 599, p 23).