Report: Biotech Proposals Should Be Eyed

Federal regulators should look more closely at the potential health effects of some genetically modified plants before they can be grown as commercial crops, a scientific advisory panel said Tuesday. It also said regulators should check for potential food safety problems after people eat the products. The report by a committee of the National Research Council (news - web sites) and Institute of Medicine (news - web sites) said regulators should target tighter scrutiny at genetically engineered varieties that have greater levels of biological differences from current plants. The analyses also should look more closely at conventionally developed plants if there are indications that naturally occurring chemicals in the conventional plants could have unintended health effects, the report said.

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