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Note to voice_cd:
This very same article appears on the Shanghai Daily from which I am posting it in this CD forum. I would believe what is good for the goose is good for the gender as both the
Shanghai Daily and the China Daily are dailies from inside China and would subject to the
same censorship. Is there a special reason that this same article is not good for China
Daily?

Reposting:
US study feeds kids GM rice


By Li Qian  |   2012-9-1  | NEWSPAPER EDITION/SHANGHAI DAILY


A US-BACKED study which used Chinese children as guinea pigs to try out a new type of genetically modified rice has been condemned by an environmental rights group.

The study was carried out in healthy schoolchildren between six and eight years old in Hengyang City in central China's Hunan Province.

Twenty-four of them were fed a daily 60 grams of genetically modified "Golden Rice," which was said to be rich in vitamin A, for three weeks.

Results showed that eating the rice was as effective as taking vitamin A pills, according to findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


Condemning the research as exposing the children to health risks, Greenpeace East Asia said on its website yesterday that the trial contravened a Chinese Ministry of Agriculture decision in 2008 to abort plans for the project and was a breach of scientific and medical ethics.

The organization has called on the Chinese government to uphold its decision, launch an investigation into the program and offer adequate medical and legal aid to the children.

Fang Lifeng, a campaigner for sustainable agriculture at Greenpeace East Asia, said it was "incredibly disturbing" to think that an American institution had used Chinese children as the subjects of its experiment.

"Chinese agriculture authorities stopped the trial four years ago. How did the research come to be revived after that emphatic ban?" he said.

According to the report, the study was approved by the ethics review committee of the Zhejiang Academy of Medical Sciences.

Both parents and pupils had consented to take part in the study and the children displayed no side effects, it added.

But Fang said: "Did the children's parents fully understand the potential risks that this trial was exposing their children to?"

A UK Royal Society report showed that infants and children were more likely to fall victims to food allergies and thus might suffer greater health hazards than adults if GM foods contained unknown allergens, Greenpeace said in its online statement.

US authorities funded the "Golden Rice" program which was led by a professor at Tufts University in Massachusetts. The grains were harvested from a hydroponic plant system housed at the US Department of Agriculture and are thought to be the "golden bullet" for vitamin A deficiency, especially in developing countries.

But Greenpeace said the study was unnecessary and overrated. Great progress had been made in many countries to treat marginal vitamin A groups, such as supporting measures for more diverse diets, its statement said.

Rice has been a must in most of Chinese people's diets for thousands of years.

For the past seven years, Greenpeace has documented GM rice throughout China.



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Probe into medicine firm accused of using 'gutter oil'Updated: 2012-09-02 07:47
( Xinhua) Comments(0)  Print  Mail  Large Medium  Small 分享按钮 0BEIJING - The government of Central China's Jiaozuo city said Saturday an inquiry team has been sent to a local pharmaceutical firm which was accused of manufacturing an antibiotic intermediate using reprocessed used cooking oil.

The move came one day after the State Food and Drug Administration announced to investigate the truth of the media exposure.

The drug watchdog had organized experts to evaluate the safety risk of the involved cephalosporin antibiotics, for one of its materials is made by using soya-bean oil which could have been blended with the wasted cooking oil, according to its statement publicized on Friday.

Chinese media reported on Tuesday that a subsidiary of Joincare Pharmaceutical Group Industry Co, Ltd, located in Jiaozuo, purchased the "gutter oil" and used it to produce the widely used antibiotics intermediate - 7-ACA.

"Gutter oil", referring to reprocessed oil made from kitchen waste dredged from gutters behind restaurants, has been in the middle of a spate of food safety scandals in China after it was found to be illegally reused by restaurants or bottled for sale.

Joincare produces 25 percent of total amount of 7-ACA used in the country, according to media reports.

The Joincare Group Thursday released a statement on its website refuting the media's reports and said it was willing to accept government's supervision and inspection.

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Post time 2012-9-2 10:38:46 |Display all floors
Good article but your introductions smacks of egoism......big headed, sansukong.




Now, back to the article........it is GM rice, not laminated milk, my rat.

I have no idea what the article means by GM rice because all rice sold in China is GM rice, genetically modified by scientists.


I will feel more assured eating this GM rice under controlled conditions than taking the laminated milk under uncontrolled conditions.

Furthermore, surely it is good the product has been tested before general release.

One more factor in favor of this experiment.


The people involved seems well informed, educated and intelligent people....the students and their professors.

All in all.....it is a good thing to approve the experiment.

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Sansukong.....



It is GM rice , not laminated milk.
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Post time 2012-9-2 10:51:03 |Display all floors
Where got any rice sold in China that is not genetically modified by scientists?

None....none decades ago.
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Post time 2012-9-2 10:54:44 |Display all floors
It is assuring that the product have been tested before general release.

Well done.

Much better than selling laminated milk.
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Post time 2012-9-2 10:59:31 |Display all floors
Based on what is written above.

The experiment seems to have passed all ethical considerations.

It is not like feeding laminated milk to test subjects.

In this experiment, every one involved believed it to be safe.

And it will be done under controlled conditions.

Great job.
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