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Old 07-29-2009, 10:45 PM   #1
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Default New corn crops not approved by Health Canada

New corn crops not approved by Health Canada
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

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Canada ignores international food safety guidelines

OTTAWA - (July 29) Today the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) demanded that the federal government immediately withdraw authorization for 'SmartStax,' a genetically engineered (GE), eight-trait corn, until Health Canada undertakes exhaustive and independent tests.
CBAN made the demand after learning that Health Canada has not assessed the human health safety of 'SmartStax'.

Safety assessment of multi-trait crops is part of the guidelines adopted by the Codex Alimentarius-a United Nations body that develops food-safety guidelines recognized by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and used to settle trade disputes.

'SmartStax,' a multi-herbicide tolerant and multi-insecticide-producing corn developed by Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences, has been authorized by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency but not by Health Canada.

"Health Canada did not conduct or require any testing for this new eight-trait GE corn and did not even officially authorize it for release into the food system," said Lucy Sharratt, CBAN's coordinator. "Health Canada has entirely abdicated its responsibility and just shrugged off the potential health risks of eating eight GE traits in one corn flake."

"Combining many GE traits together can give rise to unintended effects which could adversely affect health, such as creating new allergies or toxins, or exacerbating existing allergies," said Dr. Michael Hansen of the Consumers Union in the US, a leading global expert on the potential health risks of GE.
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Old 07-31-2009, 12:09 AM   #2
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"Health Canada is protecting the interests of biotechnology corporations rather than the health of Canadians," said Dr. Shiv Chopra, a former scientific evaluator for Health Canada and whistleblower in Health Canada's review of Monsanto's recombinant bovine growth hormone." And you know something, we're just as guilty allowing all the biotech corps so much free reign in the US too.
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Old 08-03-2009, 12:57 PM   #3
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So what is new about this? We Americans are protecting the interests of biotechnology corporations rather than the health of humans also.
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