The GLP is committed to full transparency. Download and review our 2019 Annual Report

EU Health Commissioner defends GMOs, warns against ‘regulation by public opinion’

| | December 2, 2019
gmo action
Image: Friends of the Earth Europe
This article or excerpt is included in the GLP’s daily curated selection of ideologically diverse news, opinion and analysis of biotechnology innovation.

Outgoing EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis has hit out at regulation by public opinion rather than science-based policy and defended genetically modified organisms as safe based on assessments not just from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), but also internationally.

eurokomisaras vytenis andriukaitis
Vytenis Andriukaitis. Image: AFP/Scanpix)

“Some people don’t accept science as a reality. Then you can see different consequences …. [A] science-based approach is the only one which can help us fundamentally to have a food safety system …. [A]re you ready to accept that our food safety should be based on public opinion or our food safety system should be based on evidence?”

For Andriukaitis, “my answer is the same, nutrient profiles should be based on science. Risk factor analysis should be based on science. Food safety assessment should be based on science and only.”

Related article:  Where did Europe’s original dogs go?

Nevertheless, he acknowledged that “another problem now is trust in science, that is a problem, and some are playing games with this trust in science because now science is more and more specialized …. And if people that don’t understand it, do not see direct link between, they do not trust science, especially those that say that science is in the hands of industry ….

Read full, original article: Andriukaitis warns regulation by public opinion could harm EU food safety

Share via
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
Optional. Mail on special occasions.
Send this to a friend