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GM maize destroyed on 950 hectares in Hungary

Genetically modified (GM) maize, which is banned in Hungary, has so far been destroyed on about 950 hectares, but a further 2,500 hectares have been affected by contaminated seeds and are under inspection by the authorities, Rural Development Minister Sandor Fazekas said in an interview broadcast on public television early Thursday.

Maize in the areas affected by the contaminated seeds will also be destroyed, Mr Fazekas said.

More than one one-thousandth of the seeds planted on the 950 hectares that were torn up were contaminated, he added.

Hungary was declared a GM-free country in its new constitution, approved last spring and to take effect from the start of 2012, but the next step is to make GM contamination a crime, Mr Fazekas said.