Protest against genetically modified food

August 14, 2018 12:17 am | Updated 12:17 am IST - Bengaluru

Numerous persons and organisations — under the banner ‘India For Safe Food’ — met the Karnataka Food Safety Commissioner on Monday demanding the removal of unapproved genetically modified food from the market.

Recently, a study by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) found that 32% of the 65 tested food products comprised GM materials. These were being sold without any control from health and food regulators.

Those in the India for Safe Food had approached the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for action, and receiving little response, they approached the State government’s body on Monday.

“GM foods are known to cause various health problems, as per numerous scientific studies. This includes allergies, organ damage, adverse impacts on growth and development, reproductive health problems, immune system disorders and even cancerous growth. This could also be because of the deadly chemicals that get used in GM crop production, including glyphosate and glufosinate,” said IFSF in a statement.

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