The U.S. Department of Agriculture is warning consumers to be on the lookout for genetically engineered corn and other food items that can be used as food, and warns that there’s no way to protect wild rice and corn from a “genetic calamity” that could kill crops and kill humans.
The USDA issued a public health alert Wednesday to consumers after the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said it had determined that genetically engineered crops could be causing “potentially deadly” effects to wild rice or corn.
In an alert issued late Thursday, the USDA said it found that the genetic modification “is capable of producing corn and soybeans that are far from the intended characteristics.”
The USDA said the genetic alteration “can result in genetically engineered seeds, crops that are unable to grow in the wild, or the introduction of other non-native plants that are detrimental to the environment.”
The U.K. government said it was “gravely concerned” by the latest findings and that it was working with other countries and the international community to address the problem.
U.S., China say rice, soy could pose health risks to humans, but are unlikely to agree on the best course of actionU.
K.’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said it is “gravelly concerned” that a “potential hazard” may exist from the introduction and production of genetically modified rice and soy in China, as well as the introduction, production and sale of genetically engineered rice in the U!
U.N.’s report says that China is the world’s largest producer of genetically altered corn and wheat and its rice is likely to be used in rice and other crops for consumption in China.
S Department for Food, Agriculture and Rural Development said it will now conduct research to determine the safety and health risks associated with genetically modified corn and to report to U.U. countries.
China and other countries are expected to sign a new food labeling system, which would allow food companies to list the ingredients and products of genetically-modified crops.