Amflora potatoes, likely to become the first genetically modified crop in the last decade to be approved for growth in Europe, have become the. “Amflora” (EH) is the name used for a potato grade developed by the company BASF Plant Science, whose starch production has been genetically. The European Commission has given the green light to BASF for the commercial application of its genetically modified Amflora potato. By allowing the cultivation.
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Although the voting was by secret ballotThe New York Times reported that Amflora was supported by the agricultural ministers of Germany and Amfloaand was opposed by the agricultural ministers of ItalyIrelandand Austriawhile the agricultural ministers of France and Bulgaria abstained from voting.
EU authorized BASF’s Starch-potato
According to the EC, it will optimise the production process and pofato savings on raw materials, energy, water and oil-based chemicals. Meanwhile, critics point to the dangers which, according to their view, are connected with the cultivation of the genetically modified potato grade.
Views Read Edit View history. It was approved for industrial applications in the European Union on 2 March by the European Commission.
In Europe, approximately half of the amfloora starch stems from potatoes. This is the first genetically modified GM crop which has been authorised in the EU in 12 years. It also plans to seek authorisation of two more genetically modified potatoes. News Newsroom Top stories Contacts. It also contains an antibiotic resistance gene as marker. Search on “Think Tank”.
Starch is not only used in the foods industry but is also a component of numerous products in the so-called non-food-sector.
Roundup ready soybean Vistive Gold. Sign up for email updates Facebook Twitter Parliament on Facebook. Two rounds of voting were held, first by experts in December and then by the agricultural ministers in Julybut both failed to reach the 74 percent threshold.
According to its manufacturer, Amflora is a safe product, which offers a broad application spectrum and helps to safe both energy and costs since an expensive separation of the starch blend can be avoided. Roughly one quarter of all potatoes grown in Europe is already used for non-food industrial purposes, another half for animal feed and only one quarter for human consumption, which has declined consistently since the s.
In the course of the approval procedure for Amflora, EFSA had issued several statements all of which concluded that the potato grade poses no hazards either for human or animal health or for the environment.
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Its by-products, however, may be used as feed. Research with Human Embryonic Stem Cells. BASF developed Amflora in a laboratory as an alternative thickening agent for paper, adhesives and textiles and first sought approval for cultivation in Europe in On March 2,after an approval procedure which lasted 13 years, the EU Commission authorised the cultivation of Amflora for the production of industrial starch and animal feed the GM potato was never intended for food use.
For industrial processing this has the advantage that the starch fractions don’t need to be separated in the production process.
European Commission, 14 November Comments in consultation on the approval for food and feed. Genetically Modified Foods I. Two committees consisting of representatives of the Member States support the EU Commission in making its decisions. Waxy potato varieties produce two main kinds of potato starch, amylose and amylopectinthe latter of which is most industrially useful. In its verdict, the General Court complained that the EU Commission failed to submit the latest EFSA statement to the responsible committees before authorising the cultivation of Amflora.
On July 16th the Council Agricultural Ministers had to vote on the proposal and, again, could not agree with the qualified majority. Skip to main content. Technical and scientific aspects II. The reasons given were the lack of acceptance in politics as well as in the general population and fear of new attacks on open field trials by opponents of genetic engineering. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The construct had first been submitted for approval to the Swedish authorities by the company Amylogene in Amflora could not be sold within the European Union without approval, and its licence could only be issued after voting at the Council of Ministers of the European Union with a 74 percent threshold of support.
Amflora: BASF’s Starch-potato
Synthetic biology Cloning Stem cell research. Due to lack of acceptance of GM crops in Europe, BASF Plant Science decided in January to stop its commercialization activities in Europe and would no longer amvlora Amflora there, but it would continue seeking regulatory approval for its products in the Americas and Asia. The lengthy approval process frustrated some supporters of the potato. These decisions are not about science but about politics”.
Biology Genetics Biotechnology Bioethics. The BASF potato supresses by means of antisense inhibition of a single gene, coding for a granule-bound starch synthase gbss. Info Potato grade Amflora Potato amfllora Amflora “Amflora” EH is the name used for a potato grade developed by the company BASF Plant Science, whose starch production has been genetically modified in such a way that it is more suitable for particular industrial purposes.
Amflora is intended only for industrial applications such as papermaking and other technical applications. However, the European Food Pogato Authorities GMO panel deemed that kanamycin-resistance could be neglected with respect to human health threats, as it was already widely spread in the environment and in humans. A gene qmflora added to Amflora, which renders the plants resistant against the antibiotics kanamycin and neomycin.
The potato, derived from the variety “Prvalent” has been modified by ‘antisense inhibition’ of a gene that otherwise codes for the starch synthase. This GM potato is not intended or authorised as food, but for the production of starch for industrial applications. The critics fear an unforeseeable transmission of this gene to soil amflorw and eventually an unintended resistance against antibiotics in humans.