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German breeders fear proposed GMO liability rules

The German plant breeders association, the BDP, has spoken out against a proposal by the federal German government to expand liability rules for the introduction and marketing of conventional seed. Under the proposed rules, breeding companies and seed dealers would be liable for any traces of genetically modified organisms in seed, regardless of whether they cause the contamination. The BDP has rejected the “improper tightening” of existing rules as it would lead to a disproportionate burden on these companies, threatening their viability. The proposal could endanger the very existence of smaller companies and cause far reaching economic consequences. An increasing share of GMOs in the global flow of goods makes a zero tolerance approach to GMOs untenable. False positive results can further add to the problems of companies, it adds.


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