• Sweden edition
 
'Frankenfood' spuds in Sweden due to 'error'

'Frankenfood' spuds in Sweden due to 'error'

Published: 09 Sep 2010 15:09 GMT+02:00
Updated: 09 Sep 2010 15:09 GMT+02:00

The German company admitted the mistake to investigators in Brussels after the discovery of the seeds in a field in south central Sweden.

The German company, which is authorised to grow a strain called Amflora but not the new, experimental Amadea variety, told the European Commission that the wrong seed was fed into the wrong tube, according to commission spokesman Frederic Vincent.

BASF in Germany also cited "confusion" in a statement released there, after it was summoned to Brussels by the body which is responsible for licensing products long labelled 'Frankenfoods' in media.

Vincent said that while Brussels "took note" of the explanation, it wanted answers on quality control checks at laboratory level in Germany as well as in the fields where Amflora is grown in the Czech Republic, Germany and Sweden.

Commission officials will travel next week to "clarify the magnitude of the contamination in all seed lots of Amflora," Vincent added.

An expert at environmental campaigners Greenpeace, which initially brought the contamination to light, said BASF's explanation was "worrying."

Marco Contiero said the company "has not answered if other countries also have this problem," and urged that all Amflora sites "starting with Sweden" be destroyed as a precautionary point of principle.

Regional authorities in northen Germany already on Tuesday banned Amflora for these reasons.

Brussels "strongly stressed that since Amadea is not authorised, it will not accept its growing in EU fields other than experimental fields," Vincent underlined.

Amflora is a strain of potato that is authorised for the likes of glue or paper-making, but not human consumption.

Greenpeace claims that Amadea, the subject of an application for authorisation just days before the seeds were found in Sweden, has been "grown illegally in open fields in Sweden for months."

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

20:11 September 9, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
Greenpeace cracks me up. At what point in the future will Greenpeace make a judgement on when it is acceptable to use GM foods. There is only so much land that can be put under cultivation, and a exponential amount of mouths to feed on this planet that grows year after year. How many rainforests need to be plowed under? Tonnes of nitrogen fertilizers spread?

What prompts my question is the "tortilla shortage" a few years ago due to "increased food for fuel consumption by the ethanol industry" where American corn growers were labled as baddies for diverting resources to energy production.

World-wide annual harvests and inventories are very, very tight, and with cyclical crop failures coupled with famines and burgeoning populations, GM foods will need to be addressed by current non-GM countries.
00:30 September 10, 2010 by Da Goat
I smell a rat here, WHO was it put the amadea potatoes in the field? (or do they grow with purple leaves or flashing lights)

do greenpeace do regular genetic fingerprinting of random crops? or did they plant (sorry pun) their own evidence!?

also if it is nor for consumption .... exactly what are we getting excited about???
04:44 September 10, 2010 by porksteak
Cool. They crossed a potato with a couch to create the world's first true couch potato.
11:41 September 10, 2010 by Freyja14
What's next? Hmmm GMO fish. And it's super funny that people actually think that GMO foods are the answers to the world's food crisis. GMO fish, "the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that industrially-raised salmon, genetically engineered to eat constantly and grow rapidly aresafe for human consumption - even though the FDA found that these fish contained elevated levels of growth hormones, including insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), ...a suspected carcinogen."

GMO's ARE KILLING HONEYBEES, "Terminator seeds; genetically produced and distributed by powerful multinational lobbies manipulate government and agricultural policy to encompass their agenda of dominance in the agricultural industry. American conglomerates such as Monsanto, Pioneer Seeds, and others, have created seeds that do not reproduce (whereas these seeds have a life span of the crop chosen). The sterilizing of the plant by the means of sterilizing the flower pollen genetically altered and mutated for production in the agricultural industry. Logic states that if the flower pollen is sterile, bees are potentially going malnourished and dying of illness due to the lack of nutrients and the interruption of the of the digestive capacity of what they feed on through the summer and over the winter hibernation process."-http://www.infowars.com/death-of-the-bees-gmo-crops-and-the-decline-of-bee-colonies-in-north-america/

**38% of the world's grain is fed to animals, 1.1 billion people in the world don't have access to clean water yet 20,000 liters are used to produce one pound of beef. How about reducing meat consumption to help feed the world with grains, etc? Is that such an odd concept? Change your diet, not the climate?

GMO foods ARE NOT THE ANSWER!! They make people sick, the are damaging to the environment, they bankrupt small farmers, and yes the companies that produce these seeds know it. But they don't care because they are making $$$$
15:52 September 10, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
Maybe, just maybe, disease and limits on available food are a "built in" population control measure on a planet of limited size.

But, you have aid agencies hell bent on seeing that every mouth on this planet has the available UN mandated access to water and 2000 calories per day. I'm just saying there is a tradeoff somewhere (probably in the spectrum called "reality"), where's it going to be?
22:09 September 10, 2010 by americanska
GefleFrequentFlyer - Maybe, just maybe, all the diseases in the world and the human bodies fragility is just a built in population control measure. or do you believe healthcare is "basic right" that should be "free"

maybe...just maybe - since evolution only has a goal of reproduction - the swedish government should kill everyone that can no longer reproduce. That way we don't have to bring progress to the world with healthcare and high yield/ high nutrition food.
12:50 September 12, 2010 by chitowngirl
Sweden needs to be aware of the truth. Once again, the EU does not really have the best interest of the people in mind. In Brussels, on July 30,2010 The EU APPROVED the use of GM Corn (Maize) with Herculex. (Dow Agro Sciences, in colaboration with Du Pont, Pioneer, Monsanto). The document is at dowagro (dot)com.

Thanks for all you important info Freyja14. Yes, the FDA has approve the use of GM salmon. This will wipe out all natural salmon on the planet within 14 lifecycles. This frankenfish will not be able to spawn or behave in any natural way. Big corporate interests are destroying our planet!
Today's headlines
Boy receives cancer vaccine by mistake
Photo: Hasse Holmberg/TT

Boy receives cancer vaccine by mistake

A boy scheduled to be vaccinated against mumps, measles, and rubella instead received a vaccine against cervical cancer. His family has now reported the blunder for inspection. READ  

Sweden grants additional funds to jobs agency
Photo: Bertil Enevåg Ericson/TT

Sweden grants additional funds to jobs agency

The Swedish government has announced that it will increase funding to the jobs agency (Arbetsförmedlingen) in 2015, primarily to cover personnel costs but also to prevent long-term unemployment. READ  

Police 'powerless' against street racers
Police on E4 highway. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Police 'powerless' against street racers

Stockholm police said they were powerless to react when streetracers took over at "insane speeds" on a large highway on Friday night. READ  

Saab carmaker wins receivership
Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

Saab carmaker wins receivership

After initial rejection, a Chinese-owned company set up to take over Saab's assets after the troubled Swedish carmaker's bankruptcy said on Friday it had succeeded in being placed in receivership. READ  

Woman suffers cardiac arrest while giving birth
Photo: Tomas Oneborg/TT

Woman suffers cardiac arrest while giving birth

A 30-year-old woman went into cardiac arrest while giving birth at a Stockholm clinic - without hospital staff noticing that anything was wrong. She remains in a critical condition on Friday. READ  

Champions League
History repeats for Malmö fifty years later
Striker Magnus Eriksson during Malmö's 3-0 win over Salzburg in a Champions League qualifier. Photo: Björn Lindgren/TT

History repeats for Malmö fifty years later

Malmö's entry into the Champions League serves as a reminder of times gone by in European football. With Spain's champions bound for Sweden things just couldn't be better, writes contributor Lee Roden. READ  

Elections 2014
Löfven promises jobs to 50,000 young Swedes
Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Löfven promises jobs to 50,000 young Swedes

Social Democrat party leader Stefan Löfven announced on Friday his "most important election promise", a 90-day job guarantee programme for young Swedes. READ  

 Sweden to buy fighter jets despite Swiss pullout
The Jas Gripen fighter aircraft. File photo: Wikimedia

Sweden to buy fighter jets despite Swiss pullout

Sweden said Friday it would go ahead with the purchase of a new generation of Saab Gripen fighter jets, despite Switzerland pulling out of a major co-financing deal. READ  

Three hurt after northern knife attack

Three hurt after northern knife attack

Three people are in hospital after they were stabbed during what police suspect was a gang-related attack in Umeå. READ  

Stockholm 'thief' turns out to be trainee ninja

Stockholm 'thief' turns out to be trainee ninja

Stockholm police rushed to the scene when a worried Swede reported that their neighbours were the victim of a break-in - but when officers arrived, they found nothing but a ninja in the middle of practice. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Gallery
People-watching August 27
Gallery
Top ten false friends in Swedish
National
Roma advocate scoops Wallenberg prize
Society
Meet the man who made a Swedish store recall its high heels for kids
Business & Money
'How I came to run my own business in Sweden'
Blog updates

25 August

Hit och dit, här och där (The Swedish Teacher) »

" Hej igen! A common challenge for Swedish language students are the location adverbs hit/här, dit/där, hem/hemma etc. Some of the location adverbs come in two versions. We should use one type of location adverb when we use a verb describes where we are, and we should use the other type of location adverb when we the verb..." READ »

 

25 August

The Dollar Store (Blogweiser) »

"A dollar store in Sweden. Blog post: http://t.co/tNuuvcP1q0 #USD #greenbacks #sweden #sverige pic.twitter.com/RHFAYf7U1k — Joel Sherwood (@joeldsherwood) August 23, 2014 There’s a chain here in Sweden called The DollarStore. This name always stood out to me in a country where they don’t use dollars. I went there for the first time this weekend. They actually accepted greenbacks..." READ »

 
 
 
Politics
Expert explains why Sweden's election oozes uncertainty
National
City plays Schindler's List theme at Nazi rally
Society
For Stockholm Fashion Week, here's the A-Z of Swedish fashion
National
'Amnesiac' man avoids deportation for ten years
Gallery
Princess Estelle through the years
Business & Money
Swedish city all set for six-hour workday trial
Business & Money
Five golden rules for the Swedish job hunt
Sponsored Article
Graduates: Insure your income in Sweden with AEA
Gallery
People-watching August 22-24
National
Armed royal guards caught (very) drunk on the job
National
Sweden orders textbook on Roma discrimination
Gallery
Violent anti-Nazi demonstrations in Malmö
Society
A closer look at Sweden's five official minority languages
Gallery
See the destruction from the southern Sweden floods
Politics
'Sweden Democrats hold the key to elections'
Society
Swedes celebrate first day of smelly fish season
Politics
Sweden elections: How do they work?
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching August 20th
Society
Did you know the Bronx in NYC was named after a Swede?
Sponsored Article
Find out what gives this Swedish school executive appeal
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

759
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se