Evidence to 'End Sale of GM Food' Is Kept Secret

The Mail on Sunday (London, England), October 10, 1999 | Go to article overview

Evidence to 'End Sale of GM Food' Is Kept Secret


Byline: CHRISTOPHER LEAKE

Government-backed institute is refusing to release crucial laboratory samples which could stop genetically modified crops ever being sold in Britain.

World-renowned GM food scientist Dr Arpad Pusztai is due to publish a scientific paper in the respected medical journal, The Lancet, later this week.

The report will reignite the row which led to his sacking last year from the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen.

Dr Pusztai is confident that the study, co-authored with consultant pathologist Dr Stanley Ewen, of Aberdeen University, will vindicate his claims that GM food was harmful after laboratory rats fed genetically altered potatoes suffered shocking damage to their internal organs. His findings detailed liver damage in rats fed the potatoes for just ten days.

Under the strict rules governing scientific papers, Dr Pusztai, who lost his job at the Rowett Institute for expressing his fears in a TV interview, is not allowed to speak publicly about The Lancet article until it is published.

But he said last night that his former employers, who vilified him after he blew the whistle on the potential dangers of GM food, are retaining body parts of rats involved in three other similar experiments he conducted after the animals were fed GM-altered potatoes. …

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