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POLICY & REGULATION: Official says Hungary firmly against GM seeds; maize destroyed on 950 hectares





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TITLE:   OFFICIAL SAYS HUNGARY FIRMLY AGAINST GM SEEDS; MAIZE DESTROYED ON 950 HECTARES

SOURCE:  Caboodle, Hungary

AUTHOR:  MTI, Hungary

URL:     http://www.caboodle.hu/nc/news/news_archive/single_page/?tx_ttnews[tt_news]=9230

DATE:    15.07.2011

SUMMARY: "Hungary will uphold strict measures against genetically modified seeds, a deputy state secretary of the Rural Development Ministry told a press conference on Thursday. Lajos Bognar said that the government would also seek an amendment to the Penal Code to introduce strict punishment for distributors of seeds polluted with genetically modified organisms. He added that Hungary?s GMO-free status was an important, strategic asset."

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OFFICIAL SAYS HUNGARY FIRMLY AGAINST GM SEEDS; MAIZE DESTROYED ON 950 HECTARES

Hungary will uphold strict measures against genetically modified (GM) seeds, a deputy state secretary of the Rural Development Ministry told a press conference on Thursday.

Lajos Bognar said that the government would also seek an amendment to the Penal Code to introduce strict punishment for distributors of seeds polluted with genetically modified organisms (GMO). He added that Hungary?s GMO-free status was an important, strategic asset.

GM maize has so far been destroyed on about 950 hectares, but a further 2,500 hectares have been affected by contaminated seeds and are under inspection by the authorities, Rural Development Minister Sandor Fazekas said in an interview broadcast on public television early on Thursday.

Maize in the areas affected by the contaminated seeds will also be destroyed, Fazekas said.

More than a 1,000th of the seeds planted on the 950 hectares that were torn up had been contaminated, he added.

Fazekas noted that the new constitution, to be enforced on January 1 next year, declares Hungary a GM-free country, adding the next step would be to make GM contamination a crime.