3-Food: Dr. Pusztai vindicated (3) - Chronology
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GUARDIAN 12/02/1999 P6
RESEARCH INTO FOOD SAFETY - CHRONOLOGY.
November 1995: Pusztai/ Rowett research begins
December 1996: Dr Pusztai warns Ministry of Agriculture in writing to
"have proper experiments" on GM maize. "Do not leave it to chance."
March 1997: Tony Blair asks Prof James to draw up FSA blueprint.
January 1998: Dr Pusztai expresses concern on BBC about weakened immune
systems in rats fed GM potatoes.
April 1998: World in Action asks Pusztai/Rowett for interview on GM
April 1998: Dr Pusztai tells government inspectors about preliminary
April 1998: Annual Rowett staff meeting; senior management told of
May 1998: World in Action informs Monsanto of intended programme. Company
seeks more information on content of Pusztai interview.
June 1998: Government inspectors' report criticises Rowett Institute but
praises Dr Pusztai's department.
June 1998: Additional funding to continue Pusztai research denied by
Scottish Office and by Rowett Institute (CHK).
August 10, 1998: World in Action film broadcast. Dr Pusztai says he would
not eat GM potatoes. Prof James issues press release praising Dr Pusztai.
August 11, 1998: Demand in Commons for moratorium on GM food sales. Prof
James issues second press release backing Dr Pusztai.
August 12, 1998: Prof James suspends Dr Pusztai, announces emergency
audit of his research and regrets release of "misleading information".
August 14, 1998: Monsanto attacks World in Action and Dr Pusztai.
August 21, 1998: Audit report completed by Rowett.
October 21, 1998: Government announces one year moratorium. Government
sets up cabinet committee on bio-techonology and GM foods.(CHK)
October 1998: Stanley Ewen completes rat stomach analysis. Identifies
further organ damage in rats.
October 1998: Dr Pusztai reconfirms original findings in reply to audit
October 28, 1998: Audit report released. Clears Dr Pusztai of fraud but
says his findings are not supported by the data. Prof James tells Lords
that Dr Pusztai "exonerated".
February 4, 1999: Government food safety committee asks Dr Ewen for
February 14, 1999: Bio-safety convention begins in Cartagena, Colombia.
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