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Illegal GM maize contamination in Mexico

The Mexican authorities have recognised a case of cross-pollination of illegally–grown genetically modified maize with a conventional variety of the crop, national media report. The Ministry of Agriculture’s food quality and health service, the Senasica, confirmed a case in the state of Chihuahua in September. The regional government has since requested that the Senasica extend inspections across 22,000 ha in the state. Some 70 ha have been inspected. It is to carry out its own measures to stop the spread of GM maize across the state, regional press reports add. The case may lead to the impounding of surrounding plots of conventional maize.

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