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LinkAsia | Apr 10
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The latest food scandal in China involves genetically modified food, and an American sponsored study is at the center of the controversy. The allegations are that genetically modified rice may have been fed to children without their parents, or anyone else, knowing about it. Here's this report from CCTV.
A study conducted in China and published in the United States is now causing outrage here. It's claimed that the study involved Golden Rice, a genetically modified rice claimed by its proponents as a solution to vitamin A deficiency among children in developing countries. The problem? China currently prohibits the commercial cultivation and sale of genetically modified rice. And the test subjects, according to the NGO Greenpeace, which first publicized the study were a group of elementary school children in Central China's Hunan Province. Local authorities launched an investigation in response to the public outcry. The inquiry confirmed there were tests on local children in 2008. However, it says the tests did not include the use of Golden Rice. Two Chinese experts were listed as collaborating authors of the study said they were dumbfounded at the published study.
We trusted each other, so I didn't read the whole thing when I signed off on the final version of the publication.
It was only when I read the published study on Saturday that I realized it has nothing to do with the actual experiment we did. Because our experiment did not use Golden Rice, or any other genetically modified food at all.
A school administrator also claims genetically modified food played no part in the 2008 experiment.
All the food involved in the experiment came from local sources including meat, vegetables and rice.
Tufts University, where the paper's lead author Tang Guangwen heads carotenoids & health lab, announced last Thursday it was launching an investigation into the protocols followed in the research to ensure that the strictest standards were adhered to. Chinese regulations stipulate that any GM agricultural experiment involving foreign partners must be approved by government agricultural departments. Wu Haojuin, CCTV.