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Friday, 26 May, 2000, 02:51 GMT 03:51 UK
Maize crops GM tainted says supplier

The world's leading supplier of seeds, Pioneer Hi-Bred, says that statements by environmental groups that fifteen-percent of Europe's maize crop contain genetically-modified material may be true.

A spokesman for the company Simlon Preece told the BBC that this could have happened either via wind pollination or from seed processing machines, which were used for both genetically-modified and non-genetically-modified seeds.

A BBC business correspondent says the admission will shock many government ministers who've argued they're in control of the spread of genetically modified material .

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