Scientist wants better government controls on food safety

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A Canadian scientist says governments are puting humans at risk by not improving food and crop safety testing.

Dr Shiv Chopra came to prominance in 1998 when he told a Canadian Senate hearing that senior supervisors had pressured him to approve drugs of questionable safety, while he worked for a government agency.

He's currently visiting Australia, and says the methods used to assess the risks of genetically-engineered food and crops are uncertain and inexact.

Dr Chopra says governments like Australia need to take responsibility.

"What I found was corruption, that the governments get lobbied by these major multinational companies," he says.

"So it's this kind of political pressure occurring on governments around the world, and the multinationals are ruling."


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