Inspectorate asserts GM potato trial is no health risk

No risk to human health or the environment is posed by the current GM potato trial at National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) in Cambridge, according to a Government watchdog's annual report.

GM Inspectorate - the organisation responsible for inspecting GM crop trials in England - said field inspections carried out on the site, which is trialling potatoes genetically modified for resistance to late blight caused by Phytophthora infestans, complies with conditions agreed in the original consent.

Inspections on the University of Leeds trial at a field near Tadcaster, planted in April but destroyed by vandals just a few months later, were also carried out when the crops were sowed and flowering.

The inspections confirmed that this trial was also being carried out in accordance with the conditions.


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