Consumers more aware of GM products

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Americans are more aware of genetically modified food than they
were six months ago, but confidence in the ability of government
regulators to manage...

Americans are more aware of genetically modified food than they were six months ago, but confidence in the ability of government regulators to manage these products is mixed, according to a poll conducted Zogby International and released by the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology​, a non-profit research project whose goal is to inform on issues about GMOs and biotechnology. 55 per cent of the respondents reported they had heard a "great deal"​ or "some"​ about genetically modified foods sold in grocery stores. The national level of awareness increased 11 per cent, from an earlier study conducted 6 months ago, when 44 per cent of respondents reported hearing a "great deal"​ or "some"​ about genetically modified foods. This poll also revealed that consumers have mixed confidence in the government's ability to manage genetically modified foods, following last fall's recall of products contaminated with Starlink corn. 52 per cent said they were very or somewhat confident that government regulators can manage genetically modified foods and ensure consumer safety, while 45 per cent said they were not too confident or not at all confident in the government. "Given the U.S. experience with Starlink product recalls, it is not surprising that some consumers are questioning the government's ability to handle these products even in the absence of any demonstrated harm,"​ said Michael Rodemeyer, executive director of the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology. "We must try to learn from Europe, where governments lost credibility in their ability to handle food safety, and work to ensure that our own government agencies are up to the task of appropriately regulating this new, promising technology."​ The poll was released at the Biotechnology Industry Organization 2001 convention held in San Diego, during a panel discussion titled "Accepting New Technologies: Media and Public Perceptions of Risks and Benefits."​ It was part of a nationwide omnibus survey of 1,231 adults nationwide conducted by Zogby International from June 21-23, 2001. The margin of error is ±3.0 per cent. Source: Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology

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