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Scientists call for moratorium on genetically modified foods

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7182.483 (Published 20 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:483
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    A group of scientists from 13 countries has supported calls for a moratorium on the release of genetically modified foods after endorsing unpublished research that has raised fears of potentialhealth hazards

    The British government has come under pressure to act after an announcement by the 22 scientists that research carried out by Dr Arpad Pusztai at the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen had found evidence of immune system changes and organ damage in rats fed on genetically modified potatoes

    Dr Pusztai was suspended from his post last year after presenting details of his unpublished findings in a Granada Television World in Action documentary. Since then, totally opposing views have formed about the research, which was part of a £1.6m ($2.56m) project funded by the Scottish Office

    The Rowett Research Institute carried out a review of Dr Pusztai's …

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