Monday, December 01, 2008

GM Food Safety: Whose Job Is It?

It's not Monsanto's job:
"Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA's job."
- Phil Angell, Monsanto's Director of Corporate Communications, in "Playing God In The Garden," by Michael Pollan, NYTs Magazine, 1998.
It's not the FDA's job:
"Ultimately, it is the food producer who is responsible for assuring safety."
- FDA Federal Register, Statement of Policy: Foods Derived From New Plant Varieties1, 1992, p. 22991
1 A document to which the FDA continues to make reference, as recently as October, 2008.
Cartoon by the Christian Science Monitor's Clay Bennett.

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