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Checkbiotech: Italian associations release GM consensus document
Posted by: DR. RAUPP & madora (IP Logged)
Date: November 29, 2004 12:55PM ;

Eighteen Italian scientific associations, on the initiative of the Societa
Italiana di Tossicologia, have signed a consensus document on ?Food Safety
and GMOs.? Nov.2004.

They note that the public needs to be taught that innovations that have
made possible life saving medicines are the same ones used in farming and
food. The document presents the world?s current knowledge about the safety
of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food so that the public can take
a position on the issue.

The document lists the following conclusions on GMOs and food safety:

?GMOS are governed by rules that are unparalleled elsewhere in the food
industry, so that they are strictly controlled than any other food product.
They must undergo the full range of food safety tests before they are
authorized for sale.

?Research should concentrate not on the technology used to produced these
crops, but on their engineered features on a case-by-case basis.

?GMOs now on the market have passed all tests and have been had been
properly authorized, so on the basis of current knowledge, they should be
considered safe for both human and animal consumption.

?The dualistic stance on GM food should be abandoned in favor of rational
consensus based on knowledge of the process and its products.

Among the associations that signed the document include the Accademia
Nazionale delle Scienze, Associazione Ricercatori Nutrizione Alimenti,
Federazione Italiana Scienze della vita, Societa Italiana di Biochimica e
Biologia Melecolare, and the Societa Italiana di Microbiologia Generale e
Biotecnologie Microbiche.

For the full document which is available in English and Italian, visit
[] Documenti.asp

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