An almost completely unknown international government task force has met recently in Makuhari, Japan to discuss biotech foods derived from genetically engineered animals. I participated two years ago, but I felt disgusted by the process, as it ignores ethical concerns, environmental issues and animal welfare problems. However, the World Trade Organization (WTO) refers to Codex standards and guidelines in case of trade disputes, so the work is very important.
Yasuaki Yamaura from Consumers Union of Japan has written a critical report of the results from the meeting. He notes that, "Regardless of whether this Codex guideline is approved or not, we will not eat GM foods, and make every attempt to stop genetic modification of animals for food production."
CUJ: Codex Task Force Report and Comments
(Photos from the 2006 Codex meeting)