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Chilean maize export rejected on GMO traces

Cargos of imports of Chilean maize into Germany have been rejected following the discovery of traces of genetically modified maize lines in a batch of supposed conventional maize, Chilean newspaper el Clarin reports. State authorities in Germany raised an alert earlier this month after batches tested for the presence of herbicide-tolerant Roundup Ready 2 (NK603) and insect-resistant YieldGard Corn Borer (MON810) maize. Chile produces GM maize for export and such varieties reportedly accounted for two-thirds of maize exports in 2011. Industry experts speculate that use of the same processing machines may have led to the mix of GM lines into the conventional maize cargo, the newspaper adds.

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