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Public must be protectedfrom GMs Cunningham

21 December 1998
Public must be protected
from GMs — Cunningham

PUBLIC concern over biotechnology will be top of the agenda during the Governments review of the framework which regulates the growing of genetically modified crops …more…



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Public must be protectedfrom GMs Cunningham

21 December 1998
Public must be protected
from GMs — Cunningham

By FWi staff

PUBLIC concern over biotechnology will be top of the agenda during the Governments review of the framework which regulates the growing of genetically modified crops (GMs).

Former agriculture minister Jack Cunningham, who is leading a cross-ministry review of biotechnology policy-making, pledged to assess the publics attitude before making any changes to existing legislation.

He said: “Government has an important role to play in ensuring that the public is protected from any risks involved with the new technology.”

The Government review, which will assess no fewer than 15 committees and groups, aims to modernise the regulations to keep pace with developments in biotechnology.

Dr Cunningham has invited any interested parties to submit their comments on GMs by the end of January so he can announce any changes to the regulations next spring.

But he warned that Britains position as a world leader in biotechnology would not be jeopardised.

“Any changes to the regulatory framework must not inhibit beneficial developments,” he said.

Meanwhile, a separate survey of public opinion on biotechnology will be conducted by the Office of Science and Technology.

The ethics of cloning, genetic testing and genetically modified crops will be the focus of a MORI survey to be completed and sent to Government by May.

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