Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search


GE Foods a " non issue despite public concerns.

GE Foods a " non issue despite public concerns.

A consumer forum for the NZFSA in Wellington was told the study of foods containing GE is not part of any risk profile, as it is now considered a "non issue" by the authority.

The New Zealand Food Safety Authority suggest the labelling regime intended to come into force in early December will give sufficient information to the consumer. However, the lack of any long term health studies and use of GE ingredients in many unlabelled products means it a hidden risk that is not being tracked . GE Free New Zealand (in Food and Environment) representative Claire Bleakley said "It appears that any studies, into the health effects of food containing GE ingredients, have fallen through the "gaps" as no department is responsible in ascertaining it safety relying on safety assessments made by the Australia and New Zealand Food Authority. Both viral fragments and antibiotic genes are used in the GE process, new virulent bacteria and antibiotic resistant germs may result from the consumption of GE foods and this needs further research. Recent research in the UK unexpectedly found that stomach bacteria took up herbicide-resistant genes from one meal of GE food."

A comprehensive database intended to collate studies of concern to consumers is the first NZFSA project. GE Free NZ has requested a study into the possible link between recombination of GMO's with gut bacteria and the rise in food born illness. Today's admissions that goals are behind schedule, means chemical risk analysis is still being formulated and food safety regulations are not yet up and running.

An ESR speaker talked about the risk analysis of microbiological hazards and a rise in domestic food born diseases like camplyobacter and e-coli/shigella strain, diseases some think are caused by intensive food production. These two diseases are costing New Zealand over $50 million in lost revenue, the excessive rise being put down to unknown factors.

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


BusinessNZ: Third Snapshot Report Reveals $9.5 Billion Business Investment In Climate Action

Signatories to the Climate Leaders Coalition have committed to invest $9.5 billion over the next five years to reduce emissions from their businesses, as revealed in their third anniversary snapshot report released today... More>>

Digitl: The home printer market is broken
Printers are more of a security blanket that a serious aid to productivity. Yet for many people they are not optional.
Even if you don’t feel the urge to squirt ink onto dead trees in order to express yourself, others will insist on printed documents... More>>

Serious Fraud Office: Commences Enquiries Into Allegations Of COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Fraud
The Serious Fraud Office has commenced a number of enquiries into alleged abuse of the Government’s COVID-19 Wage Subsidy. Director Julie Read said the allegations relate to multiple complex cases of potential fraud that have been referred to the agency following extensive investigations ... More>>

ComCom: Companies In Hot Water For Selling Unsafe Hot Water Bottles And Toys

A wholesaler and a retailer have been fined a total of $140,000 under the Fair Trading Act for selling hot water bottles and toys that did not comply with mandatory safety requirements. Paramount Merchandise Company Limited (Paramount) was fined $104,000 after pleading guilty in the Manukau District Court... More>>

Reserve Bank: Robust Balance Sheets Yield Faster Economic Recovery

Stronger balance sheets for households, businesses, financial institutions and the government going into the pandemic contributed towards maintaining a sound financial system and yielding a faster economic recovery than following previous deep recessions... More>>

Transpower: Releases Independent Report Into Events Of August 9
Transpower’s Chief Executive Alison Andrew has today released an independent report into the grid emergency of August 9 when insufficient generation was available to meet demand, leading to some customers being disconnected... More>>