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IPPSC 2015, Day 3: Latest technologies in storage environment

IPPSC 2015, Day 3: Latest technologies in storage ...

Friday, June 19 was the third and final day of the International Potato Processing and Storage Conve...

IPPSC 2015, Day 2: Potato Industry Directions

IPPSC 2015, Day 2: Potato Industry Directions

After a first day abundant in knowledgeable talks on current and future matters of the processing ...

IPPSC 2015, Day 1: Newest Advances in Potato Processing

IPPSC 2015, Day 1: Newest Advances in Potato Proce...

Wednesday, June 17 was the first day of the International Potato Processing and Storage Convention...

ConAgra Foods intending to exit private label market

ConAgra Foods intending to exit private label market

In a report issued on June 30, ConAgra Foods, Inc. reported results for this year’s fourth quarter, whi...

EFSA formulates scientific point of view on acrylamide issue

EFSA formulates scientific point of view on acrylamide ...

On June 4 this year, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) released its official opinion on acrylam...

Kraft Heinz Company has a new senior leadership team

Kraft Heinz Company has a new senior leadership team

  The Kraft Heinz Company announced its new senior leadership team that marks another major milestone ...

Italian snack manufacturer chooses integrated solutions from tna

Italian snack manufacturer chooses integrated solutions...

  Leading Italian snack manufacturer Pata was able to reduce waste, simplify cleaning operations and i...

TOMRA equips its Belgian test and demo center with a new cold room

TOMRA equips its Belgian test and demo center with a ne...

  The equipment producer TOMRA Sorting Solutions is now able to test the performance of its sorting ma...

Key Technology launches new mobile-friendly website

Key Technology launches new mobile-friendly website

  Key Technology announces the launch of its redesigned corporate website with a new responsive versio...

McCain Australia launches a limited edition range of flavored frozen potato wedges

McCain Australia lau...

  McCain Australia has recently launched the new wedges ‘...

Tolsma-Grisnich and Kiremko, partnership for a new plant in China

Tolsma-Grisnich and ...

  Strategic partners Tolsma-Grisnich and Kiremko recently...

Utz Quality Foods launches Specialty Division

Utz Quality Foods la...

Utz Quality Foods, Inc. has recently announced the culmina...

Potatoes are back on WIC, a nutritional program for women, infants and children in USA

Potatoes are back on...

The National Potato Council (NPC) from USA succeeded to put ...

Exclusive interview with the director of Urschel Laboratories, Inc: The Urschel team is a very strong one

Exclusive interview ...

What began with one man's invention more than 100 years ago ...

UK Potato Council says it is a record year for seed potato exports

UK Potato Council sa...

  Seed potato exports are booming, with the latest figure...

Indian Government will procure 6,600 tones of potato from farmers

Indian Government wi...

The State Government announced its decision to procure 6,6...

Company launches a new solution for potato sprouting

Company launches a n...

  BioSafe Systems announces the introduction of ARRET Spr...

Seed Industry Event conference tackles key industry concerns

Seed Industry Event ...

The recent Seed Industry Event, organized by British Potato ...

Armenia registered an important growth in potato exports in 2014

Armenia registered a...

Armenian potato exports totaled about 20,600 tons, compared ...

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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