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Tuesday, February 24, 2004

GM seed contamination warning following pilot

The genetically modified (GM) crops debate took a new twist yesterday: the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in the USA says that in a pilot study it found that genetically engineered DNA is contaminating traditional seeds of three major US crops: corn, oil seed rape and soy beans. Seeds from GM crops designed for industrial and pharmaceutical use, it says, could leak into the food chain and threaten human health. UCS is calling for better regulation from the US Government.
“Because growers and processors would not be aware of the contaminants, they would inadvertently sell them for food use — a back door to the food supply that must be closed,” said Dr Margaret Mellon, Director of the Food and Environment Program at UCS.
Source: UCS news release


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