Paraguay confiscates contraband GM cotton
Paraguayan authorities have seized some 2 tonnes of contraband genetically modified cotton at a “clandestine port of entry”. Initial analysis found that the cotton was the stacked glyphosate-tolerant and insect-resistant Bt cotton. The plant health and seed quality service, the Senave, has sent the cargo onto the Ministry of Justice’s judicial assessment director general, which is awaiting legal opinion before destroying the cotton. The confiscated load would be buried to a depth not allowing the development of plants, in this case of over a metre and covered with quicklime, in order to prevent the spreading of pests, the Senave says.