GM safety questions to parliament

Houses of Parliament, Westminster Palace

Holding the Government to account:
Parliamentary Questions on GM crop safety

The Countess of Mar has tabled a series of Parliamentary Questions on the potential health effects of GM crops and associated herbicide technology. (Tabled on 8 December and due for answer by 22 December.) We will keep you posted on the Government’s official response here at the Feeding the World Conference blog.

Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their statements about the safety of genetically modified crops, what assessment they have made of the paper by Velmirov A, Binter C and Zentek J (2008) entitled Biological effects of transgenic maize NK603xMON810 fed in long term reproduction studies in mice, which found that genetically modified maize damages reproductive function; and what action they will take in the light of its findings?

Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their statements about the safety of genetically modified crops, what assessment they have made of the paper by Finamore A, Roselli M, Britti S, Monastra G, Ambra R, Turrini A and Mengheri E (2008) entitled Intestinal and peripheral immune response to MON810 maize ingestion in weaning and old mice (published in J Agric Food Chem on 16 November 2008), which examined disturbances in the immune system of young and old mice; and what measures they propose in the light of its findings?

Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their statements about the safety of genetically modified crops, what assessment they have made of the paper by A Kilic and M T Akay (2008) entitled A three generation study with genetically modified corn in rats: Biochemical and histopathological investigation (published in Food Chem. Toxicol. 46(3): 1164-70), which showed that rats fed with MON810 suffered kidney and liver damage; and what measures they propose in the light of its findings?

Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their statements about the safety of genetically modified crops, what assessment they have made of the paper by Manuela Malatesta, Fredrica Boraldi, Guilia Annovi, Beatrice Baldelli, Serafina Battistelli, Marco Biggiogera, and Daniela Quaglino (2008) entitled A long term study on female mice fed on a genetically modified soybean: effects on liver ageing (published in Histochem Cell Biol. on 22 July 2008: 18648843), which examined the effect of genetically modified soy on metabolic rates and the speed of the ageing process; and what measures they propose in the light of its findings?

Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their statements about the safety of genetically modified crops, what assessment they have made of the paper by M Malatesta, F Perdoni, G Santin, S Battistelli, S Muller, M Biggiogera (2008) entitled Hepatoma tissue culture (HTC) cells as a model for investigating the effects of low concentrations of herbicide on cell structure and function (published in Toxicol In Vitro on 18 September 2008, 18835430). What measures do they propose in the light of its findings?

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