Genetically Modified Organisms: Nature Conservation

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent research he has evaluated on the effects on mammalian health of genetically-modified products.

Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Minister of State (Public Health), Department of Health

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Since September 2007, the Food Standards Agency has sought advice from the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP) on the conclusions which may be drawn from the following published research on the effects on mammalian health of genetically modified organisms (GMOs):

1. Malatesta et al., (2008), Histochem Cell Biol, 130, pp967-977

2. Kilic and Akay, (2008), Food and Chemical Toxicology, 46, pp1164-1170

3. Finamore et al., (2008), J Agric Food Chem. DOI: 10.1021/jf802059w

4. Lelimirov et al., (2008), Forschungsberichte der Sektion IV, Band 3/2008, published by the Austrian Ministry of Health

The ACNFP considered these publications at its meetings in September and November 2008 and February 2009. It advised that it was not possible to draw any conclusions about cause and effect in these publications or to assess the significance of these reports for mammalian (including human) health. The minutes of these meetings are available on the ACNFP website at:

www.acnfp.gov.uk/meetings/acnfpmeet08/acnfpmeet20nov08/acnfpmin20nov08

www.acnfp.gov.uk/meetings/acnfpmeet09/acnfpfeb09/acnfpmin190209

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