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Call for MAF to test all imports of seeds

Sun, 26 May 2002

GE Free New Zealand in Food and Environment call for MAF to test all imports of seeds with a chance of GE contamination.

Any crop with a commercial GM version should be tested irrespective of the country it is coming from says GE Free New Zealand in Food and Environment.

" Unfortunately it is not enough to only test seeds imported from those countries, like the US, if we want to ensure contaminated seeds don't enter the country" said a GE Free NZ representative. "Entry via a third-party country not growing that GE crop could occur."

Pointing to Mexico where recent investigations have found that the heritage maize varieties have been contaminated despite a ban on the growing of GE maize crops, GE Free New Zealand is urging the public to support the move and call for a 5 year moratorium.

Public submissions to MAF are open until the 28th June, a discussion paper outlining that only one in three consignments would be tested despite the recent improved funding for biosecurity announced in the budget.

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