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29 September 2010
EU report puts forward isolation distances for GM maize
On this weeks meeting of the Agricultural Council of the EU, the Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner John Dalli presented a Best Practice Document for the cultivation of GM maize. The report was drawn up by the European Coexistence Bureau to propose measures that avoid the mixing of GM and conventional maize.

24 September 2010
Germany: GM labelling rules are generally obeyed
In the EU, food products that consist of GMOs or contain GMOs have to be labelled. In Germany each year inspectors test thousands of food products for their GM content. The results for 2009 from a majority of the German regions ("Länder") indicate that the GM labelling rules were largely followed.

23 September 2010
USA: Dispute over the approval of genetically modified salmon
The recommendation by experts that that further testing be conducted for the time being was the conclusion of a hearing arranged by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and echoed broadly in the media. The salmon would have been the first genetically modified animal approved for human consumption.

18 September 2010
John Dalli: A "technical solution" for traces of unapproved GMOs
John Dalli, EU Commissioner for Consumer Protection, intends to defuse the problem of traces of unapproved genetically modified organisms (GMOs) found in agricultural imports. At the 6th European Conference of GM free Regions, Commissioner Dalli announced the finding of a "technical solution" quite soon.

11 September 2010
USA: New court hearings for GM sugar beet
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) intends in the coming year once more to allow limited cultivation of genetically modified (GM) sugar beet under controlled conditions. Environmental and consumer groups have reacted by announcing further court hearings.

10 September 2010
Amflora potato: Intermixing in Sweden, ban in Germany
During cultivation of the Amflora starch potato in Sweden, intermixture has occurred with another type of genetically modified (GM) potato that is not yet approved. Till Backhaus, Minister for Agriculture in the north-east German state of Mecklenburg-Lower Pomerania has responded by prohibiting the dissemination of Amflorapotatoes grown in his region.

02 September 2010
EU: The first harvest of the Amflora potato
Since March 2010 the first genetically modified (GM) potato, Amflora, is approved in the EU. This week its first harvest began in Germany. In spite of on-site protests German Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, Rainer Brüderle, pulled up the first tubers from the 14 hectares big field in Northern Germany


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