Biotech Updates

FSAI Head Says Europe Must Put Aside Fears of GM Technology

September 3, 2014

Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) Chief Executive, Alan Reilly, said that it is time to put aside irrational and non-science based fears of new technologies in the interest of consumers everywhere. He mentioned this in his article in the FSAI newsletter titled Genetic Modification - Are the Food Safety Concerns Still Justified?

He said that GM food remains to be one of the most controversial aspects of European food law. This is despite the conduct of more than 130 research projects on biotech, covering a period of more than 25 years, and involving more than 500 independent research groups which all concluded that genetic modification is not riskier than conventional plant breeding technologies.

"If Europe is to remain at the forefront of research and innovation in the agri-food arena, policies need to be developed now to guide the exploitation of this new genetic modification technology," he added.

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