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Pol. Merkur. Lek (Pol. Med. J.), 2012, XXXIII/194: 059-063 Maximize

Pol. Merkur. Lek (Pol. Med. J.), 2012, XXXIII/194: 059-063

Title: Genetically modified food – great unknown

Authors: Cichosz G., Wiąckowski S.K.

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Genetically modified food – great unknown


Cichosz G.1, Wiąckowski S.K.2

1University of Warmia and Mazury on Olsztyn, Poland; 2Kochanowski’s University of Kielce, Poland

Genetically modified food (GMF) creates evident threat to consumers’ health. In spite of assurances of biotechnologists, DNA of transgenic plants is instable, so, synthesis of foreign, allergenic proteins is possible. Due to high trypsin inhibitor content the GMF is digested much more slowly what, alike Bt toxin presence, increases probability of alimentary canal diseases. Next threats are bound to the presence of fitoestrogens and residues of Roundup pesticide, that can diminish reproductiveness; and even lead to cancerogenic transformation through disturbance of human hormonal metabolism. In spite of food producers and distributors assurances that food made of GMF raw materials is marked, de facto consumers have no choice. Moreover, along the food law products containing less than 0.9% of GMF protein are not included into genetically modified food.

Key words: genetically modified food, Bt toxin, trypsin inhibitor, fitoestrogens, Roundup, allergenicity, threaten reproductiveness

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