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LGA DEBATES GM FOODS ACTION PLAN

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The Local Government Association is meeting today to discuss what local authorities should do about genetically mod...
The Local Government Association is meeting today to discuss what local authorities should do about genetically modified foods, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

The LGA has recommended that councils ban GM foods, to protect themselves legally against any potential risk, Today said. Derbyshire CC is trying to ban GM foods and many councils have already removed GM foods from school meals, the programme reported.

Meanwhile, Derbyshire will also use today's conference to show off its cutting-edge technology which detects GM food ingredients.

According to The Derby Evening Telegraph, Maggie Bishop, the council's environmental policy officer, will tell delegates that the authority plans to hire out its GM detection equipment if current trials prove successful.

Mrs Bishop will tell the conference: 'We think the controversy surrounding the consumption of GM foods will continue to rage as new evidence comes to light.'

The GM detection technology extract protein from suspect food and then takes DNA samples which can be tested for GM genes.

When tests on the equipment are completed next month the council plans to hire out its technology to other local authorities and food suppliers at a cost of£100 a test.

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