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Irish food safety chief bats for GM crops

The chief executive of Food Safety Authority Ireland (FSAI) has made a call to put aside “irrational and non-science based” fears of new technologies in the interests of consumers everywhere. “In a review of a decade of research on GMOs, funded by the European Commission, the main conclusion to be drawn from the efforts of more than 130 research projects, covering a period of more than 25 years, and involving more than 500 independent research groups, is that biotechnology, and in particular genetic modification, is not per se riskier than conventional plant breeding technologies,” says FSAI chief Alan Reilly. He adds that the hundreds of millions of euros spent in Europe on examining the safety of GMO technology as applied to foods has not resulted in any movement on the acceptance of the technology in some member states.

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