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New Zealand clamps down on GM brassica trial

The New Zealand government-owned company, Plant and Food Research (Lincoln), has agreed to increase compliance with the 1993 Biosecurity Act following a breach of containment facilities for genetically modified plants. The company is testing GM insect-resistant brassicas under a ten-year programme approved in 2007 ( Agrow No 522, p 13). It will appoint a new operator to manage the trial and improve staff training. MAF Biosecurity New Zealand concludes that cross-pollination of surrounding crops was “highly unlikely”. Plant and Food Research was formed in December 2008 through the merger of HortResearch and Crop and Food Research.

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