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

What are the food studies they cite? Please be specific and give the source 
in the scientific publications.

- Nina Moliver

In a message dated 5/12/1999 12:54:50 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< FYI
 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."  >>