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Thursday, 25 May, 2000, 15:23 GMT 16:23 UK
France orders destruction of GM crop

France has ordered the destruction of six-hundred hectares of crops which contain some genetically-modified rapeseed plants.

It's also ordered an inquiry into how the GM and ordinary seeds came to be mixed.

The Swedish government has already told farmers to root out their rapeseed plants within two weeks, unless they obtain special permission.

Both countries had received consignments of rapeseed from Canada which contained undeclared traces of GM seed.

Similar shipments also went to Britain and Germany.

Britain has said it will take no action as the government believes genetically modified plants do not pose a risk to health.

The environmental group Greenpeace says it will take legal action against Germany to enforce the destruction of GM crops.

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