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Monsanto seeks to suspend forced destruction of maize thought to be GM-tainted

The Hungarian unit of US seed giant Monsanto has appealed to the Budapest Municipal Court to suspend a resolution by Hungary's Agriculture Office ordering hybrid maize sold by the company to be torn up, Monsanto Hungaria technical director Mihaly Czepo told MTI on Monday.

The Agriculture Office has recently ordered maize to be destroyed on hundreds of hectares because it is tainted with genetically modified organisms.

Monsanto Hungaria's own tests as well as one by an independent, accredited laboratory in France show the company's DKC 3511 hybrid seeds contain no genetically modified compounds,  Czepo said. Monsanto is urging the government to have an independent laboratory confirm the results of the Agriculture Office's own test on the seeds or to allow the company to buy up the maize on the roughly 2,500 hectares affected, he added.

"Monsanto sells only conventional seeds in Hungary, seeds that have not been genetically modified," the company said.

Deputy state secretary at the Rural Development Ministry Lajos Bognar said the Agriculture Office is bound to act on the basis of seed samples and the Monsanto seeds tested GMO positive.