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Recall of unauthorised GM seed

The GM Inspectorate has confirmed an unintended presence of genetically modified seed in a batch of imported conventional oilseed rape seed.

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Defra’s GM Inspectorate (GMI) has confirmed an unintended presence of genetically modified seed in a batch of conventional oilseed rape seed imported from France.

The seed has been sown in small plots at several sites in England and Scotland, mostly as part of conventional trials for official registration of new plant varieties.

The GMI was informed by a seed company after a test result on a batch of imported seed indicated a possible GM presence. The company responsible is cooperating to ensure destruction of all the affected plants, with the GMI overseeing this activity in England. Seed from the same batch that has not been planted is being recalled.

There is no risk to adjacent crops or the wider environment as plants that have grown from the affected seed would not flower until next spring.

Published 28 October 2015