1 Jul 2009

Lobby group unhappy at handling of GE breach by MAF

12:55 pm on 1 July 2009

The Soil & Health Association is critical of the way the Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry handled a breach of consent by Plant & Food Research during a GE field trial last year.

It says the 10 year brassica trial was aborted after the association provided photographic evidence that at least one GE plant was allowed to flower, which was in breach of the Environmental Risk Management Agency's consent conditions.

The association says it was notified this week the ministry has formally warned Plant & Food Research, and that the scientist responsible for the breach has resigned her position as an approved containment operator.

The association describes MAF's approach to the GE field trials as "sloppy", saying it was in a position to send the "strongest possible message" to the science community.

Soil & Health says it believes MAF conveniently failed to interpret the law.