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Rapid response to:

Clinical Review

Genetically modified foods

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7183.581 (Published 27 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:581

Rapid Response:

Re: Declaring Competing Interests

With regard to the comments on competing interests, submitted by JT
Winkler, I wish to make two observations.

First, in seeking information on competing interests, the BMJ asks
not one but a whole series of direct questions. I completed the
questionnaire truthfully and honestly. The final section of the
questionnaire asks the author to assert that they have no competing
interests (which leads to publication of 'Competing interests: None
declared' on the article) or to provide a statement briefly stating any
interests. I chose the latter (I did not tick the box asserting I had no
competing interests). However, for some reason, the BMJ published both the
'None declared' and the statement I provided.

Second, 'food' companies do not hold a consolidated view on GM foods.
Some (e.g. biotech companies) are obviously highly pro-GM technology while
others (e.g. the retailer Iceland) have been publicly anti-GM foods.

The purpose of the article (which I was invited to write - I have no
drum to beat) was to present the information as factually as possibly -
and to consider isues case-by-case. This I tried to do.

I hope this statement clarifies my position.

Competing interests: No competing interests

03 September 2001
Leighton Jones