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Safety Amflora GMO potato reconfirmed by EFSA

June 11, 2009
German chemical maker BASF (BASF.DE) said on Thursday its genetically modified potato, Amflora, designed to yield industrial starch, has again been described as safe for humans in a recommendation by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

"Today's assessment gives the entire EU Commission the final scientific clarity to approve Amflora,"said Stefan Marcinowski, executive board member in charge of BASF's plant science and pesticides business.

"I am pleased, since the EU Commission stated in May 2008 that it will approve Amflora 'if and when' EFSA has confirmed the safety of the product."

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BASF is the world's leading chemical company. Specific for the potato industry BASF is a provider of herbicides, insecticides and fungicides. BASF is developing GM potato varieties, e.g. for the potato starch industry. BASF is also a manufacturer of various food ingredients.