USA under pressure on GM food

18 June 1999

USA under pressure on GM food

THE US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is coming under pressure for stronger controls on genetically modified (GM) foods.

A lawyer for a coalition of scientists, consumer groups and religious leaders claims the FDA ignored warnings from scientists when it designed its policies.

Earlier this week, nine environmental and consumer groups sent a letter to President Bill Clinton demanding a ban on GM maize.

The letter cited a Cornell University study which found that certain varieties of GM maize may harm butterflies.

Steven Druker, speaking on behalf of the Alliance for Bio-integrity, said he had proof some FDA scientists were concerned about the safety of GM foods.

  • Financial Times 18/06/99 page 7

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