Biotech Critics Watch the Watchdogs

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Science  26 Nov 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5445, pp. 1664
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5445.1664

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Although genetically modified foods have been in the spotlight in Europe for several years, the U.S. public is just now waking up to the fact that such foods--corn, canola oil, and soy, to name a few--are already widespread on supermarket shelves. With that awareness has come increased scrutiny of the government's system for regulating the safety of these crops--and charges that the system is lax.