Friday, 28 August 2015

Multiple honors for Dr Neil Gudmestad at World Potato Congress in Beijing

Multiple honors for Dr Neil Gudmestad at World Pot...

  North Dakota State Plant Pathologist Dr. Neil Gudmestad was honored at the World Potato Congres...

China makes global commitment to the potato

China makes global commitment to the potato

China's commitment to the potato was very publicly and internationally demonstrated when it hosted t...

The PAA held their annual meeting in Portland, USA

The PAA held their annual meeting in Portland, USA

The Potato Association of America held their 99th Annual Meeting during July 19-23, 2015 in the east...

TOMRA wins design award for its common user interface

TOMRA wins design award for its common user interface

  TOMRA’s Common User Interface (CUI), designed by TOMRA Sorting Solutions (TOMRA) and Design Partners...

TOMRA Sorting Food signs new contracts at World Potato Congress

TOMRA Sorting Food signs new contracts at World Potato ...

  TOMRA Sorting Food has welcomed two new Chinese customers into the fold during a signing ceremony at...

The constant changes in Asian potato chips

The constant changes in Asian potato chips

  Over the last four centuries, the potato has come a long way from the American Andes. Since its cult...

Alternative processing technologies on program at PROCESS EXPO

Alternative processing technologies on program at PROCE...

  The Food Processing Suppliers Association has released the details of four sessions of the education...

The sharp edge of the job

The sharp edge of the job

  Product perfection starts before the processing. It is maintained in the processing plant but only e...

Efficient drying pays off

Efficient drying pays off

  When it comes to drying potatoes, regardless of the type of end product one may have in mind, there ...

McCain Australia has new range of frozen potato wedges

McCain Australia has...

  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 ...

4th Symposium of Potato Cyst Nematode Management

4th Symposium of Pot...

  The 4th Symposium of Potato Cyst Nematode Management wi...

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 ...

Twelve years after announcing its genetic Amflora potato, BASF Plant Science has filed an action with the European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg against the EU Commission for failure to act.
According to the company, the approval process of the cultivation of Amflora, its genetically improved potato, has been unjustifiably delayed by the EU Commission on several occasions.
In particular, this includes the period between July 2007 and May 2008 during which Commissioner Stavros Dimas did not adopt the approval for the cultivation of Amflora following the completion of all other procedural steps.
The chemical giant says failure to approve Amflora is costing the company around €30million a year in licence income.
"EU Commissioners have postponed Amflora's approval despite repeated positive safety assessments by EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority.
"Although we welcome some positive signs by the Commission and President Barroso, such as their commitment to base decisions regarding genetically modified products purely on science, we are not prepared to accept any further delays," said Dr Stefan Marcinowski, Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE.
"We are filing this case in order to ensure that European farmers and starch producers get access to an innovative product that offers them a potential added value of more than €100 million annually," said Dr Hans Kast, CEO and President of BASF Plant Science GmbH.
BASF will decide later whether to seek damages from the commission, Dr Kast said.
The Amflora approval process started in August 1996 but, during the moratorium on genetically modified products from 1998 to 2004, no approvals were granted.
BASF resubmitted its dossiers for cultivation and for food and feeduse in2003 and 2005 due to changed EU regulations.
In 2006, the EFSA concluded that Amflora was and safe for humans, animals and the environment as any conventional potato.
In November 2006 Commissioner Dimas forwarded his proposal for cultivation authorisation to EU member states but, after two inconclusive votes, BASF say Dimas failed to stick to procedure and in April 2007 the company addressed the issue through an open letter to him.
The application to grow Amflora was passed on to the commission, the regulatory arm of the 27-nation European Union, in July last year after individual EU governments failed to reach an agreement.
Immediate approval would have required a qualified majority of about 74 per cent.
Under EU law, the EU Commission now has to decide upon the approval of the genetically-optimised starch potato Amflora.
The EU Commission initiated the approval process by showing support for the cultivation of Amflora with a recommendation for approval in their 'Draft Commission Decision'.
This Draft Decision is based on a positive evaluation of Amflora by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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