News of the WeekFOOD SAFETY

U.K. Government Tries to Reassure Wary Public

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Science  30 Oct 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5390, pp. 856-857
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5390.856b

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The British government last week moved to tighten controls on the introduction of genetically modified crops in an effort to calm public concerns about their safety. The environment and agriculture departments proposed regulations to slowly phase in and monitor the planting of genetically modified crops and established a new committee to scrutinize the biotechnology industry. But the calming effect of these moves was partly offset by a decision to delay plans for a new independent food standards agency, which would monitor genetically modified foods as well as food hygiene and safety.