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There are no plans to relax the regulation of gene-edited crops in Wales, the Welsh government has said.

Under UK government plans rules will be eased to allow gene-edited crops to be tested and assessed in England in the same way as other varieties.

But the Welsh government says it will maintain its “precautionary approach towards genetic modification”.

It will continue to view products produced by gene editing as genetic modified, it said.

The changes are possible because the UK no longer has to follow European Union regulations.

But the issue is devolved and governments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland can make their own decision.

The UK government’s Environment Secretary George Eustice said that he would be working closely with farming and environmental groups to help grow plants

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