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Sweden reports on Amflora trials error

The Swedish agriculture board, the Jordbruksverket, has published a report of its investigation into how a field trial of BASF’s genetically modified amylopectin-starch potato variety, Amflora, was contaminated with an unauthorised GM variety, Amadea ( Agrow No 601, p 40). The report concludes that the “weight of evidence” supports that the commingling occurred in a laboratory and a greenhouse. It also notes that further commingling is “not likely”. Immediately after the discovery, the Jordbruksverket ordered that none of the Amflora potatoes in Sweden was to be used: as feed; for starch production; as seed potatoes; or sold or disposed of until further notice. Lots with confirmed or suspected commingling were destroyed. It has since lifted restrictions on the continued use and cultivation of remaining lots of Amflora.

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