A US government department was exposed last week for trying to cover up scientists' concerns over genetically modified (GM) food. An environmental group, Alliance for Bio-Integrity, used a public hearing to accuse the Food and Drug Administration of suppressing warnings by its own scientists over the dangers of GM food.
One microbiologist working for the administration spoke of an internal document that attempted to gag workers' concerns. Another official for the administration wrote to a senior official about the 'different risks' that were involved in the GM process. Yet that senior official, James Maryanski, dismissed all the concerns, saying GM crops were 'generally regarded as safe'.