Genetic Engineering BASF Exits Programme on Genetically Engineered Potatoes in Europe

Editor: Dominik Stephan

BASF has withdrawn its files for approval for several genetically engineered potatoes (Fortuna, Amadea and Modena) to the European authorities. The company states that concerns about the acceptance for genetic engineered plants were the main reason for this decision...

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BASF withdraws its file for approval for genetically modified potatoes in the EU.
BASF withdraws its file for approval for genetically modified potatoes in the EU.
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Ludwigshafen/Germany – Expected protest by environmentalists and the potential for sabotage acts at the potato fields, but also the uncertain development of approval processes within the European Union led BASF to stop the program in Europe as well as the development and production of genetically modified corn for the use as animal feed. Six smaller BASF operations, also in the US, will be idled in the process.

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