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After 13 years, starchy potatoes approved

By Gerald Ondrey |

Today the European Commission approved Amflora, BASF’s genetically-optimized starch potato, for commercial application in Europe. The potato can now be used for the production of industrial starch. “After waiting for more than 13 years, we are delighted that the European Commission has approved Amflora," says Stefan Marcinowski, member of the board of executive directors of BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com). “We hope, that this decision is a milestone for further innovative products that will promote a competitive and sustainable agriculture in Europe.”   “The way is now clear for commercial cultivation of Amflora this year,” says Peter Eckes, president of BASF Plant Science (Limburgerhof, Germany; www.basf.de/plantscience). “Amflora will strengthen the international position of the European potato starch industry.”   The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) confirmed on several occasions during the approval process that Amflora is safe for humans, animals and the environment. Now that the European Commission has given its approval to Amflora’s commercial cultivation, Sweden as the so-called “rapporteur” country will formally issue its legal…
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