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EU Approves Genetically-Modified Potato

March 3, 2010
According to the Associated Press, the EU has approved the cultivation of a genetically-modified potato and the use of three types of altered maize in food and feed production, saying they don''t pose a health risk. The Amflora potato, developed by Ludwigshafen, Germany-based BASF SE, marked the first green light in 12 years to grow a genetically-modified food in the European Union. The EU executive also approved the marketing of three genetically modified maize products from Monsanto Co. of St. Louis, Missouri for food and feed purposes, but not their cultivation. While widely used in the United States, genetically modified foods face opposition in Europe where critics see them as a health and environmental risk. Opposition is strong in Austria, Italy, Hungary, Greece and France.