04 August 1998
GM food banned from House of Commons
By FWi staff
MPs have banned genetically modified food from restaurants in the House of Commons – despite the Governments insistence that it is safe enough to eat for the public.
The all-party Catering Committee, chaired by Labour MP Dennis Turner, announced its decision in a Commons written reply.
“It is better to be safe than sorry,” said Mr Turner, who has called for a select committee inquiry into genetically modified crops.
Mr Turner urged other restaurants to follow suit.
“We do not want to avoid genetically modified food just for the Commons,” he said. “We want to set an example to the country.”
The news comes the day after Michael Meacher, the environment minister, said there was no justification for a ban on the growing of genetically modified crops.
Government refuses to ban GM maize, FWi, today (4 August)