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Focus Conferences and New Developments at PotatoEurope 2016

Focus Conferences and New Developments at PotatoEu...

  The innovations introduced by ARVALIS - Institut du végétal and its technical partners at Potat...

Exclusive Interview – Europatat: “We Need to Keep Potatoes Trendy”

Exclusive Interview – Europatat: “We Need to Keep ...

On he occasion of the Europatat Congress, we have had the opportunity to interview Mr. Kees van Aren...

PotatoEurope 2016: Numerous Dynamic Demonstrations Over 23 Hectares

PotatoEurope 2016: Numerous Dynamic Demonstrations...

 PotatoEurope is the largest open-field event devoted to the potato in Europe, which will cover an...

AHDB and CEJA Comment on Vote to Leave EU

AHDB and CEJA Comment on Vote to Leave EU

  The comments on the UK decision to leave EU assaulted media and social networks.

FDF: UK Food Manufacturers Face a Challenging Period after Brexit

FDF: UK Food Manufacturers Face a Challenging Period af...

  UK food manufacturers face a "very challenging period" in the wake of the country's decisi...

Tolsma-Grisnich Group Acquires Majority Share in Farm Electronics Limited

Tolsma-Grisnich Group Acquires Majority Share in Farm E...

  Tolsma-Grisnich, a leading Dutch specialist in intelligent storage technology for potatoes, onions a...

Case Study: The Experience of Potato Producer Nedato with a Sorting Solution from TOMRA

Case Study: The Experience of Potato Producer Nedato wi...

 The Nedato is a cooperative of 500 farmers, which has been producing quality potatoes to customers acr...

Tong Engineering Introduces New Cleaner Loader Crop Transfer Machine

Tong Engineering Introduces New Cleaner Loader Crop Tra...

   Tong Engineering is set to introduce a new Cleaner Loader crop transfer machine to its latest range...

Kiremko Builds a New French Fries Line in Belgium

Kiremko Builds a New French Fries Line in Belgium

  Kiremko announced they had started to build a new French fries line in Belgium, with a capacity of 1...

McCain Foods Invests USD65m in Expanding Its French Fries Plant in Canada

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McCain Foods (Canada) announced a major investment of USD6...

Branston Began the Expansion of Its Potato Processing Plant in Lincoln

Branston Began the E...

The UK potato supplier Branston has begun work on its GBP5...

Processed Potatoes in EU Worth EUR10b in 2014

Processed Potatoes i...

  Processed potatoes (mainly frozen chips and crisps) wer...

Aviko Introduces a Guide for Gluten-free Catering

Aviko Introduces a G...

 The potato processor Aviko is supporting caterers during ...

Americans Were Asked which Lay's Flavors Stay and which Go

Americans Were Asked...

   For the first time in brand history, the Lay's brand a...

Scientists Reveal Potato Parasite’s “Toolkit"

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  An international research collaboration led by the Univ...

Kangaroo Island Potato Producer Wins the “Mini MBA” for Farmers

Kangaroo Island Pota...

 Kangaroo Island potato producer Peter Cooper has been nam...

CEJA President: Losing Young Farmers Puts the Future of European Food Production at Risk

CEJA President: Losi...

  CEJA President, Alan Jagoe, addressed EU agriculture mi...

Researchers Develop Nutrient-rich Purple Potato

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  A group of researchers from CSU have recently developed...

Search Begins for Scottish Strategic Potato Farm

Search Begins for Sc...

  AHDB has announced the quest for the first farmer host ...

THE delay in the European Union's decision on the marker gene nptII used in BASF's genetic potato Amflora could deprive farmers and the potato starch industry of €100-200 million in income as commercial cultivation for 2009 has been ruled out as a result.


The lack of progress by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), said Dr Stefan Marcinowski, member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE, ‘can only be explained by EU Commissioners' political motivations dominating the approval process. This indicates that BASF was right to initiate legal action against the EU Commission for failure to act in July this year'.
The chemical giant says all scientific evidence shows that Amflora is safe but in December the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) released information stating it will not complete its opinion on nptII by December 15 as previously announced.
The EU Commission has granted EFSA a second extension to March 31, 2009.
After its orientation debate on genetically modified organisms in May, the EU Commission again did not approve Amflora but decided to ask EFSA for a fifth safety assessment that concerns Amflora.
The focus of the assessment is the nptII marker gene used in a number of genetically modified plants, including Amflora. At the same time, the Commission announced that it would approve Amflora ‘if and when' the marker gene would again be evaluated safe. The initial deadline for the opinion, September 30, 2008, was already extended to December 15 earlier this year.
BASF is determined to continue the approval process and expects EFSA to confirm its four earlier assessments, stating that Amflora and its genetic marker are safe for humans, animals, and the environment since there is no new scientific evidence questioning earlier assessments.
"If the Commission is serious about supporting our fragile economy, it should promote promising technologies such as plant biotechnology that make Europe more competitive," said Marcinowski.
"Instead, it is forcing companies through more than 12 year long approval processes. We expect the market for genetically modified crops to be worth $50 billion per year by 2025. If Europe continues to ignore the vast scientific evidence that says the technology is safe, other continents will benefit from this booming sector."

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