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Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Greenpeace and EU clash over food safety agency

Environmentalists have clashed with the EU over the legitimacy of the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa), claiming it acts as a mouthpiece for the GMO lobby. Speaking as farmers from around the world called on EU policymakers to stop the authorisation of Bayer GM rice, Juan-Felipe Carrasco of Greenpeace Spain told this website that Efsa did not protect consumers from contaminated products. "Efsa keeps saying it's ok to go ahead with genetic engineering (GE)", he said. "We are not protected by Efsa which is completely controlled by the GE lobby. “GM lobbyists were presenting evidence to Efsa which suit the industry and do not account for consumer health, he added. However, EU health commissioner Androulla Vassiliou insisted that Efsa "is a responsible agency" which carefully examines all scientific evidence. Vassiliou joined farmers at the Greenpeace-organised event on Thursday to accept a petition signed by 180,000 people to prevent the approval of the Bayer rice.

Source: theparliament.com