Fatal Flaws in Food Safety Assessment: Critique of the Joint FAO/WHO Biotechnology & Food Safety Report
The Report on Biotechnology and Food Safety - resulting from the Joint Expert Consultation held by the Food and Agriculture Organization and World Health Organization in Rome in October 1996 - was an attempt to reach international consensus on principles and procedures for the evaluation of safety of food produced by genetic engineering biotechnology. It will set international food safety standards to be adopted by WHO's Codex Alimentarius Commission, which will, in turn, have enormous implications for biosafety and for the world trade of genetically engineered foods. However, the Report reflects and perpetuates the gross inadequacies of current regulatory frameworks.
This paper provides a detailed analysis and critique of the Report by two prominent scientists, and also recommends a number of measures to safeguard the health of consumers and to protect biodiversity.
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