The GM Inspectorate of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed that it has found the unintended presence of genetically modified seed in a batch of conventional oilseed rape imported from France, with seed from the same batch being recalled. A statement said: “there is no risk to adjacent crops or the wider environment”.
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Prof. Huw Jones, Head of Cereal Transformation Lab at Rothamsted Research, said:
“It is unfortunate that GM seeds have been found in a batch of imported conventional oil seed rape but this confirms that UK screening procedures are robust and this was identified at an early stage of cultivation to allow effective remedial actions to be taken.””
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