GE Free New Zealand in Food & Environment, 28th  July 2005

Source Of Suspected GM Maize Sought
28/07/2005 07:52 AM - NewstalkZB

Investigators at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry have a big job ahead of them as they attempt to confirm a GM positive test on a New Zealand-grown maize consignment.

The result was found during routine testing in the Upper North Island and the consignment has been isolated while further tests take place.

Eradication Programmes Manager Ian Gear says the 13,500 tonne consignment comes from mixed seed lines and multiple growers.

Mr Gear says it is highly likely the contaminated maize has been mixed with non-contaminated grain. He says the priority is to trace the growers.

The grain was ready to be made into food for human consumption.

The Greens believe the Government should have the right to access the test results. Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says it is frustrating the Government knew several days ago but still has not seen the tests because
it has to seek the consent of the corn processor.

Ms Fitzsimons says the Corngate inquiry recommended the Government should get access so the public is not left in limbo about the level of contamination.

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