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Fatal Flaws in Food Safety Assessment: Critique of the Joint FAO/WHO Biotechnology & Food Safety Report (No. 1)

USD 8.00 Publisher: TWN
ISBN: 983-9747-29-0
Year: 1998
No. of pages: 68
Size of book: 14.5cm x 21cm
Author: Mae Wan-Ho & Ricarda A Steinbrec
About the Book

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.

About the Author

Mae-Wan Ho is a well-known and respected British scientist, Reader in Biology at the Open University, UK, and a Fellow of the US National Genetics Foundation. Since 1994 she has been scientific adviser to the Third World Network and other public interest organizations on genetic engineering biotechnology and biosafety. She has debated the issues at the United Nations, the World Bank, the European Parliament, and many conferences all over the world. She is also a prolific author of over 150 works in several disciplines, a popular public lecturer and a frequent contributor to radio and TV in the UK and elsewhere.

Dr Ricarda A Steinbrecher has a PhD in human molecular genetics and is a scientific consultant for a number of public interest organizations.



Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Biased Partisan Claims for the Technology

Chapter 3. Failure to Take Responsibility for Major Aspects of Food Safety

Chapter 4. Restriction of Scope Exempts Known Hazards from Safety Assessment

Chapter 5. Erroneous Claim that Genetic Engineering is the Same as Conventional Breeding

Chapter 6. The Principle of Substantial Equivalence is Unscientific and Arbitrary

Chapter 7. Failure to take existing scientific evidence into account

Chapter 8. A 'safety assessment' designed to expedite product approval with little or no real regard for safety

Chapter 9. Recommendations



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