BASF goes to court over EU GMO approval delays
BASF has taken court action against the European Commission for failing to complete the approval process for the company's genetically modified improved starch Amflora potato. The company's filing with the EU Court of First Instance points out that, despite positive safety assessments and completion of all other procedural steps, approval has still not been granted 12 years after submission. BASF's application for cultivation is one of three, including Dow AgroSciences/ DuPont's 1507 maize and Syngenta's Bt11 maize, that have been stalled at the Commission's Environment Directorate-General since last year ( Agrow No 543, p 7). DuPont seed subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred International already has a lawsuit in progress regarding procedural delays for 1507 maize ( Agrow No 532, p 9).