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Incident details
Region/Continent and country:
Europe / Germany
Category of incident:
What was contaminated:
Seed
GM organism involved:
Zucchini
Year incident occurred:
2005

Route of contamination
GM seeds wrongly labelled.

Germany - illegal import and growing of GM zucchini

Seminis seeds, a company owned by Monsanto has admitted that GM zucchini squash (courgette) seed had been illegally imported and planted in Germany. A total 90g of GM seed reached Germany via the Netherlands. About 100 of the approximately 1,000 seeds were than sent to Rheinland-Pfalz where they were planted. Details of where the remaining seed was sent are not available although there have been reports that the seeds were distributed to members of staff to plant in their gardens. The GM zucchini seedlings are reported to have been detected before they flowered and have been destroyed.

The GM zucchini seeds were of a variety called �Judgement III� which are genetically modified to be resistant to three viral diseases. No GM zucchini are approved for marketing or growing in the European Union. The company says that the seeds were wrongly labelled leading to their accidental importation.
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Further information

Gentech-Firma sät illegal aus Frankfurter Rundschau online. September 14, 2005 >

Kommentar. Viel zu lax. Frankfurter Rundschau online, September 14, 2005 >

In Baden-Württemberg gentechnisch veränderte Zucchini-Sorte nicht ausgesät. Ministerium für Urnährung und Ländlichen Raum Baden-Württemberg. Pressemitteilung 342/2005, September 16, 2005 >


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