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作者:皇甫谅船    发布时间:2019-03-07 12:10:00    

By Andy Coghlan A SURVEILLANCE system to examine whether eating genetically modified foods has any harmful effects could soon be set up in Britain. Last week, government advisers on food safety asked ministers to approve an 18-month pilot study. The Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP) hopes this will reveal practical options for running a larger surveillance scheme. The rationale is to study links between health problems and the consumption of GM foods in different regions. If doctors report a spate of unusual allergies where there is heavy consumption of GM foods, for example, detailed epidemiological studies could then establish whether a particular type of GM food was to blame. However, at its meeting last week the ACNFP ruled out using one potential source of information—records of food bought by individual consumers under the “loyalty card” schemes run by many retailers, which reward regular customers with discounts on future purchases. Committee members felt this would be an unacceptable invasion of privacy. John Godfrey, vice-chairman of Consumers in Europe, is pleased with the ACNFP’s plan. “It’s an extra precaution I would have thought would be in the public interest,” he says. But whether it will be possible, in practice,

 

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