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Re: GM foods on sale not a health risk!!

Score another one for safety.
Bill B.

-----Original Message-----
From: Shane Morris * <>
To: Catherine.Adley <>
Date: Wednesday, May 12, 1999 8:33 AM
Subject: GM foods on sale not a health risk!!

>Irish Times (Frontpage) 12/5/99
>GM foods on sale not a 
>health risk, says report 
>By Kevin O'Sullivan, Environmental and Food Science Correspondent 
>No genetically-modified food on sale in Ireland or the EU poses a health
>risk, according to a report to be issued by the Food Safety Authority of
>Ireland today, The Irish Times has learned. 
>The most comprehensive independent report yet published in the State on
>the genetically-modified (GM) food controversy stresses, however, that
>this should not be interpreted as blanket approval of all GM foods. Nor
>does the authority advocate consumption of GM foods over unmodified
>It is understood the report backs a case-by-case assessment of any GM
>food seeking market approval. It also underlines the importance of
>clear, neutral information on the issue, to address widespread consumer
>confusion and concern. 
>It is understood the FSAI status paper, "Food Safety and GM Foods",
>stresses that the authority is satisfied on scientific grounds that
>there is no need to cease the current use of gene technology to develop
>GM foods on food safety grounds. 
>The FSAI is not becoming a defender of GM foods or of the multinational
>companies associated with their development. The report is based on the
>evaluations of its own scientists: a separate scientific committee and a
>special sub-committee which assess new GM foods coming onto the market. 
>The findings are a blow to campaign groups against GM foods. Human
>health risk has been repeatedly cited by campaigners as grounds for a
>moratorium on GM foods. 
>While the report contains a comprehensive evaluation of possible food
>safety risks, the FSAI has stressed its remit "is purely in the area of
>food safety and it cannot consider environmental, ethical or trade
>Musgrave, which controls 25 per cent of the Irish food market through
>its 470 franchised Supervalu and Centra stores, has defended its policy
>of not banning genetically-modified food products. Instead, Musgrave
>requires clear labelling of the GM content in all Supervalu and Centra
>Supervalu chief executive Mr Eoin McGettigan said: "We are not
>scientists and we need to be guided. We want to give the consumer the
>clear choice through clear labelling. It's a very emotive issue and we
>have to stand back and take a reasoned decision." 
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