Top UK Scientist Warns of Potential Danger From Genetically-Manipulated Crops
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GM FOOD EXPERT: WE NEED TOUGHER TESTS
By DAVID DERBYSHIRE
A LEADING supporter of GM technology yesterday raised new fears over the
hazards of 'Frankenstein Food'.
Respected scientist Dr Andrew Chesson admitted that some current safety
tests may be badly flawed.
He warned that without a radical revamp harmful chemicals and allergens
could enter the human food chain with potentially disastrous results.
Dr Chesson's intervention, echoing fears by environmental campaigners,
is a major blow to the GM industry and the Government.
His alert will be taken seriously because of his reputation and his
backing for the technology.
He is a senior researcher at the Rowett Institute in Aberdeen where last
year Dr Arpad Pusztai publicised a study suggesting that GM potatoes
could damage the immune system of rats.
Dr Chesson was one of the scientists who tried to calm fears about the
safety of GM foods after news of the study broke.