BRUSSELS — Europe slapped a summons on German chemical giant BASF on Monday after a “blunder” allowed seed from a new genetically modified potato to remain in a field in Sweden.
“The wrong potato was sent to Sweden,” the spokeswoman said, triggering the summons to “explain” why “flowers” of Amadea, a GM crop currently being prepared by BASF, but which is not yet authorised, were found in the field.
ccording to Greenpeace, the potato has been “grown illegally in open fields in Sweden for months” by Plant Science Sweden, a subsidiary of BASF.
[BASF] said that the “level of comingling is less than 0.01 percent, which translates to 47 Amadea plants among approximately 680,000 Amlora plants,” all of which had been “removed.” Amadea was submitted last week for regulatory approval in the EU.
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