HL Deb 13 March 2003 vol 645 c199WA
Lord Hylton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will commission research into any dangers arising from genetically modified cotton crops, in particular from unlabelled cottonseed oil and cotton husks entering the human food chain.[HL2004]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath

Cottonseed oil from two genetically modified varieties of cotton received approval for food use in the European Union in July 2002. Before approval the oil underwent a thorough safety assessment by the independent Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes. The committee concluded that the oil was as safe as oil produced from unmodified cotton. The Food Standards Agency does not therefore have any plans to commission such research.

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