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UK Medical Body Says GMOs Unlikely to Harm Health

11.03.2004
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UK Medical Body Says GMOs Unlikely to Harm Health
LONDON - Genetically modified (GMO) foods are unlikely to damage human health but more research is needed to allay lingering public doubts, the British Medical Association (BMA) said yesterday.

The BMA statement came just hours before Environment Minister Margaret Beckett makes a policy statement on the controversial technology. She is expected to back an application by German chemicals giant Bayer to grow GMO maize on a commercial basis, subject to certain conditions.

\"Our assessment of all the available research is that there is very little potential for GM foods to cause harmful health effects,\" David Carter, chairman of the BMA\'s board of science said in a statement.

\"However, the BMA recognizes the huge public concern over the impact of GM foods and believes that research is still needed in key areas to allay remaining concern about hit potential risks to human health and the environment,\" Carter added.

Beckett is due to make the long-awaited policy announcement at around 12:30 p.m. GMT.


REUTERS NEWS SERVICE
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