21 October 1999
Ethics tests urged for GM foods

By FWi staff

GENETICALLY modified foods should have to pass ethics tests as well as undergo health and safety trials before being allowed on sale, says a report from the Food Ethics Council.

The report says that benefits that might be considered trivial, such as changing the colour or flavour of food, should count against a product.

Vital medical uses might help tilt the balance in official valuations.

The Food Ethics Council is made up of group of leading academics and consumers funded by the Joseph Rowntree charitable trust.