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Scotland Officials Ban GE Ingredients in School Lunches
GM foods 'banned' from school menus

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk/scotland/newsid_858000/858408.stm
Sunday, 30 July, 2000, 14:00 GMT 15:00 UK

A majority of Scottish local authorities have banned the use of
genetically modified ingredients in their school meals, according to a
survey.

Friends of the Earth Scotland said its study has revealed that 25 of
the country's 32 authorities have insisted that GM products be taken
off the menu.

It said the survey's results showed that councils have been listening
to public concerns about potential health and environmental dangers.

The environmental body wrote to all of Scotland's authorities asking
them what steps they had taken to ban GM ingredients from school
meals.

Twenty five wrote back, indicating that they had banned them
completely.

The other seven said they had taken limited measures such as writing
to suppliers asking them to provide GM free food.

Edinburgh, West Lothian, Angus and Shetland indicated that they had
gone further than just a ban.

They had either set up campaigning groups or joined the call for a
five-year moratorium on commercial growing of GM crops.

'Environmental damage'

Friends of the Earth said the councils had shown they were not
prepared to take risks with the environment or the health of children.

The group's head of research, Dr Richard Dixon, said: "Unlike the
government this survey shows how local authorities have listened to
the public concern about potential health and environmental damage
from GM foods and crops.

"When it comes to GM foods local authorities have clearly learned from
the BSE fiasco and are not prepared to gamble with the environment or
the health of those in their care."

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