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Paraguay clamps down on illegal GM maize

Paraguayan authorities have launched a “strong” nationwide inspection campaign against the “corrupt system” of illegal multiplication of genetically modified maize. In the first week of inspections, the plant health and seed quality service, the Senave, uncovered six plots covering some 185 ha in which illegal GM maize had been planted. They included maize containing the Bt Cry1Ab and Cry1F insect resistance toxins, and a glufosinate-ammonium tolerance protein. The seed could produce some $2.9 million worth of crops, the service notes.

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