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Sinn Féin welcomes EU decision on GM food

8 December, 2003

Sinn Féin spokespersons on Agriculture Martin Ferris TD and Councillor Gerry McHugh, have welcomed this morning's decision by an EU food committee not to approve a proposal to allow the sale of genetically modified maize. The proposal failed to secure a qualified majority among the representatives of the 15 member states. EU Agriculture Ministers will now have three months to decide whether to allow the sale of the Bt 11 maize manufactured by Syngenta.

"In welcoming this morning's vote, we also note that both the Irish and British representatives voted in favour of allowing the sale of GM maize. We do not believe that this represents the wishes of people, nor would the introduction of GM be of benefit to Irish agriculture. We will be calling on the Irish Government to change its stance and for Minister Joe Walsh to oppose the introduction. We will also raise it this afternoon when we meet with Minister Angela Smith at Stormont." ENDS

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