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New Zealand announces stricter GMO tests on seeds

(Aug. 2, 2002 -- CropChoice news) -- The government of New Zealand will test all imported sweet corn, maize (feed corn), soybean, and canola seed. If any of the seed samples test positive for the presence of genetically modified traits, they will be rjected. Tests on sweet corn began last August, and the testing on feed corn began on Thursday. The regulation will extend to canola and soybean seeds on October 1 and Jan. 1, 2003, respectively.

New Zealand farmers annually buy about 200 tons of imported feed corn and sweet corn seed, of which almost 180 tons comes from the United States. Last year, a 6-pound shipment of U.S. sweet corn seed tested positive for the presence of genetically modified organisms. It was incinerated, according to the government.

Source: Associated Press