[Homestead] Monsanto never gives up trying to kill people

Tvoivozhd tvoivozd at infionline.net
Tue Sep 21 12:18:53 EDT 2004

This is one company that seriously needs to be put out of 
busness---hiding evidence of adverse effects of their GM corn is 
punishable by death---unfortunately the death of you and your family, 
not the death of Monsanto.

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	*GM Corn Recall Demand Has Authorities Scrambling*
*Monday, 20 September 2004, 10:19 am*
*Press Release: GE Free NZ*

    GM Corn Recall Demand Has Food Authorities Scrambling

    Demand for Recall of Suspect GM Corn Has Food Authorities Scrambling
    GE Free (NZ) is demanding a total national recall of the MON 863
    (A484) corn by New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) following
    revelations that it was found to be harmful in secret animal-feeding

    Evidence of significant adverse effects from transgenic corn MON 863
    were revealed after it was found Monsanto deliberately held back the
    data when applying for the product to be approved for humans. And
    despite requests for the data by food authorities, it is understood
    Monsanto is continuing to refuse to publish the data.

    "There are clear signals the corn places our children, the elderly
    and those who suffer poor immune-systems at risk, "says Claire
    Bleakley of GE Free NZ in food and environment.

    " We are calling on authorities to recall the product and for proper
    independent scientific testing to be done".

    But fundamental flaws in the system for monitoring and recalling the
    product could send Food Authorities into a spin as they scramble to
    identify which products include the suspect corn.

    Despite official claims of rigorous approval and monitoring it is
    understood the GE corn has been allowed into products, which are
    unlabelled for GE, and subject to virtually no monitoring.
    Monsanto's original research into the adverse effects of the corn on
    animals was not presented to the authorising body Food Standards
    Australia/New Zealand (FSANZ), casting a further shadow over the
    validity of the system for regulating novel foods.

    "It is important that a recall of the food is begun immediately
    before any problems occur," says Mrs Bleakley. "By law FSANZ can
    only recall products in Australia, not here in New Zealand. It is up
    to the NZFSA to recall any food that has safety issues raised about
    it in New Zealand". MON 863 corn has been on the market in New
    Zealand for the past 6 months.

    Foods that could contain the corn are most refined and prepared
    baking products (like modified starch ingredients; refined oil; high
    fructose and glucose syrups; cereals; baking products; corn chips;
    dessert mixes; canned foods.). Despite processing there is a clearly
    identified risk that novel proteins and by-products created as a
    result of the genetic modification could still cause harm.

    The unpublished 90 day trial with rats is understood to have found:

    • significant increases in white blood cells in males;

    • reduced levels of immature red blood cells in females;

    • significant increases in blood sugar in females; and,

    • increased abnormalities such as degeneration or inflammation in
    the kidneys of male rats.

    The system for a food safety recall is now being tested in a
    real-life scenario. Unfortunately it seems to be a shambles,
    demanding urgent government action, and an end to the pretence that
    the system is under control, when it is clearly not.

    References: The French newspaper translation of Le Monde Monsanto's
    MY 863 corn. http://www.gmwatch.org/archive2.asp?arcid=3308 article
    . 1.Food watchdog to recheck GM corn 03 September 2004
    www.foodstandards.govt.au - Food Standards Australia New Zealand
    (FSANZ) coordinates food recalls in Australia only - but not in New
    Zealand. - it is the responsibility of NZFSA.

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