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PUBLIC ALERTED OVER GENETIC ’GOLDEN RICE’

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SUMMARY: "Food stakeholders here led by the advocacy group instrumental in the first anti-genetically modified organism ordinance sound the alarm over the introduction of field tests of a genetically engineered rice in the country, which could contaminate Bohol endemic rice varieties.

PARENTS OF CHILDREN IN HUNAN GM RICE TRIAL WERE LIED TO

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SUMMARY: "Parents of children who unwittingly took part in a controversial testing of genetically modified rice on children in Hunan five years ago - which resulted in the sacking of three scientists on Thursday - were only shown the last page of the endorsement paper, state media reported yesterday. Professor Yin Shian, director of the Hunan Centre for Disease Control and Prevention's department of female and child nutrition, was sacked for violating academic ethics.

CHINA SACKS OFFICIALS INVOLVED IN GM RICE TEST

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SUMMARY: "Three officials who had approved and conducted a controversial test of genetically-modified rice on school children in central China’s Hunan Province had been sacked, authorities said on Thursday. The officials were punished for “violating relevant regulations, scientific ethics and academic integrity,” according to a statement jointly released by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), Zhejiang Academy of Medical Sciences (ZAMS), and Hunan provincial CDC.

CHINA INVESTIGATES WHETHER CHILDREN USED IN GMO GOLDEN RICE TRIAL

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SUMMARY: "China’s health authorities will investigate allegations that genetically modified rice was tested on Chinese children as part of a Sino-U.S. research project, state media said on Tuesday. One Chinese researcher has been suspended by authorities while investigations are carried out. China is already the world’s largest grower of GMO cotton and the top importer of GMO soybeans but, while Beijing has already approved home-grown strains of GMO rice, it remains cautious about introducing the technology on a commercial basis amid widespread public concern about food safety.

US university confirms it used children in GM trial

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AN American university confirmed yesterday that it had used Chinese children as guinea pigs in a trial of a new type of genetically modified rice.

The announcement, by Tufts University in Massachusetts, followed a denial by authorities in China's central province of Hunan that such a study had taken place.

However, university spokeswoman Andrea Grossman told The China Press, a US-based newspaper, that it conducted the study in rural areas in Hunan with the aim of finding a solution to a serious health problem affecting developing countries.

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