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Friday, 10 March, 2000, 19:58 GMT
Greenpeace accuses Greece over GM foods


The environmental group, Greenpeace, has accused Greece of violating European Union legislation by allowing imports of genetically modified cotton seed.

In protest the group used a giant fan to blow a tonne of cotton into the street outside the Agriculture Ministry.

Greenpeace said samples from the United States of imported cotton seed -- which is used in the production of animal feed -- were found to contain genetically engineered cotton seeds. It said it was alarming that GM crops that had not been tested for human consumption were now about to enter the European food chain. The Greek authorities deny any failure to monitor imports.

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