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Sinn Féin welcomes EU Court Decision on GM food

9 September, 2003

Sinn Féin spokespersons on Agriculture Martin Ferris TD and Assembly Member Gerry McHugh have welcomed the EU Court of Justice decision this morning supporting the right of member states to temporarily ban GM foods if they are suspected of posing a risk to public health or the environment. The ruling was in a case brought by the US corporation Monsanto which, with the support of the US Government, has been attempting to force the EU to accept GM products.

Deputy Ferris and Mr McHugh said:

"We fully welcome the decision of the court and hope that it will encourage other member states including Ireland and Britain to resist the pressure to admit these unnecessary and unproven products into Ireland. The case against GM is strong and the Court of Justice has now opened the way for regional and national authorities to conduct proper independent scientific and economic investigations to prove why they ought not be allowed to be grown or sold under their jurisdiction. In this regard we again call upon the Irish Government to conduct a full public consultation prior to making any decision on GM".ENDS

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