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EU court annuls approval of BASF's Amflora GMO potato

Amflora (Courtesy: BASF)

Europe's second-highest court on Friday overturned a decision by the European Commission to allow the cultivation and sale of a genetically modified potato developed by German chemicals group BASF.

The General Court of the European Union said the Commission had failed to follow the bloc's rules when approving the Amflora potato, which is genetically modified to produce extra starch for use in the paper industry.

While Amflora is no longer grown in Europe - BASF withdrew the product in 2012, citing opposition to the technology - the ruling raises new concerns about the EU's complex and much-criticised approval system for GMO crops.

"Because the Commission significantly failed to fulfill its procedural obligations, the General Court has annulled the connected decisions," the court said.