European court annuls GM potato approval

On Friday, the Court of Justice of the EU has said the European Commission breached GM authorisation rules in the case of the Amflora potato

A decision to allow cultivation of the GM potato variety Amflora has been annulled by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) over problems with the procedure followed by the European Commission.

In January 2003, Germany chemicals company BASF made two applications to authorise Amflora via different routes, one for its cultivation and use by industry, the other relating to its use in animal feed.

Member states did not reach a conclusion on the applications when consulted leaving the decision to the EU executive. But it had questions about the assessment of Amflora done by European Food Safety Authority and asked for an updated opinion.

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