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BASF learns cause of Swedish potato mix-up
BASF's Andreas Heise with Amflora potatoes for test field planting in Germany

BASF learns cause of Swedish potato mix-up

Published: 25 Sep 2010 10:08 GMT+02:00
Updated: 25 Sep 2010 10:08 GMT+02:00

"This root cause analysis identified the temporary cultivation of Amadea and Amflora plants in the same physical space in the early seed propagation stage as the cause for the co-mingling," BASF wrote in a statement.

The head of its plant science division, Peter Eckes, was quoted as saying, "We traced back the cause and can narrow the comingling down to a part of our harvest in Sweden.

He added, "The mixup occurred because Amadea and Amflora plants were in close proximity to each other at our facilities. We regret this very much. To prevent such mistakes in the future, we will ensure complete separation of the production systems for Amadea and Amflora."

Amflora has been cleared for cultivation in the Czech Republic, Germany and Sweden, but Amadea has not yet been approved by European Union authorities.

The two strains of starch potato are designed for industrial uses such as the manufacturing of glue and paper but not for human consumption. BASF said it would discard the harvests from all the affected potato fields in northern Sweden, an area that covers around 16 hectares.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

11:06 September 25, 2010 by byke
I dont believe it was a mistake.

I believe the reason for this is much more sinister.
15:56 September 25, 2010 by hilt_m
Yes, evil Leprechauns are trying to take over the world one altered potato at a time.
21:04 September 25, 2010 by Freyja14
Yup, that's how it all starts @hilt_m, one potato at a time. You should be terrified of Monsanto......
09:31 September 26, 2010 by hilt_m
Don't worry me, I fed a GM potato to a GM salmon and buried it in the backyard under the light of a full moon, I'm well protected... or is that a cure for GM warts.... hmmm I forget.
10:20 September 26, 2010 by Freyja14
I think it's the cure for GM herpes....
16:21 September 26, 2010 by Swedesmith
The new blockbuster sensation: "Attack of the Sinister Potato"...playing in select fields now!
18:19 September 26, 2010 by Freyja14
Yup and if you're a farmer then start running because GM foods will bankrupt you. At least the French have one thing right, if they find out there is a GM crop growing in their country they burn it to the ground. That's what needs to happen to all GM crops. They need to be burnt to the ground and Monsanto needs to be put the hell out of business.
03:26 September 27, 2010 by AussieAndy
In the GM propaganda they say GM foods cannot cross contaminate. Another Myth busted.
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