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The Canadian government is in violation of an international food trade agreement because it did not conduct an independent safety assessment on a new corn crop called SmartStax, according to a group concerned about genetically engineered foods.
The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network is calling on the federal government to withdraw the authorization it has given to Monsanto Canada and Dow AgroSciences which jointly produced the product and will have it ready for the 2010 planting season.
The Codex Alimentarius Commission, created by the United Nations and the World Health Organization, sets standards and codes of practice related to the food trade.
Mosanto's SmartStax Corn Receives Japanese Import Approval
Health Canada did not conduct a safety assessment for SmartStax.
The insecticidal toxins in Bt crops show similarities to proteins that cause food allergies.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency dramatically weakened the environmental rules for SmartStax:
For SmartStax, the CFIA has reduced the required size for refuge areas from 20% to 5% - thats a 75% reduction!
Refuge areas are a strategy to delay the evolution of insect resistance to the Bt toxin.
Originally posted by ModernAcademia
How could health Canada allow this?