|Monsanto corn causing concern (6/6/2006)|
1.Audio: 2 items
EXCERPT: "The scientists say the GM corn could cause cancer, diabetes and heart problems once cooked." (item 2)
1.RADIO NZ ITEMS ON GM CORN SAFETY WORRIES
There are concerns Food Standards Australia and NZ may be about to allow a type of genetically modified corn into the country.
The Food Safety Authority and a Christchurch scientist discuss the safety of a genetically modified corn.
2.Monsanto corn causing concern
New Zealand scientists are worried about a genetically modified corn which food giant Monsanto wants to use here to fatten animals.
Monsanto wants a safety clearance in case the corn turns up in human food by mistake. But scientists say once approved for that, it could be used in our food without further approval.
They claim the corn has only been tested in its raw state.
"The most likely types of hazards to arise from this corn will arise after cooking and processing," says Jack Heineman from the Centre for Integrated Research on Biosafety.
The scientists say the GM corn could cause cancer, diabetes and heart problems once cooked.