FDA’s ‘Substantially Equivalent’ Doctrine Exposed by New Research as Bogus

Almost 25 years ago Vice President Dan Quayle announced adoption of a politically-motivated Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policy – known as “Substantial Equivalence” – designed to treat Biotech’s GE crops with kid gloves. History shows this fraudulent policy claiming “Substantial Equivalence” between GE crops and traditional crops was authored by none other than Monsanto lawyer Michael Taylor (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/dan-quayle-and-michael-ta_b…).
The fact is the doctrine of “Substantial Equivalence” has been scientifically unsupportable and was the result of Biotech-governmental collusion. Now, LANDMARK RESEARCH, led by Dr. Michael Antoniou of King’s College London, and published in the scientific journal ‘Nature’ solidly refutes the entire false premise of “Substantial Equivalence.”
The scientific findings are: GE crops are NOT “Substantially Equivalent” to non-GE crops. Therefore, a quarter century of lax U.S. regulation of the Biotech industry – based on this monstrously false claim – have endangered the health and welfare of the American people. Heads should roll.
Now, in retaliation for this truth-telling research, we should expect to see initiation of a massive Biotech character assassination campaign waged against these honorable scientists who have courageously stood up for the public interest. Jim

“’Our study clearly shows that the GM transformation process results in profound compositional differences in NK603, demonstrating that this GMO corn is not substantially equivalent to its non-GMO counterpart. The marked increase in putrescine and especially cadaverine is a concern since these substances are potentially toxic, being reported as enhancers of the effects of histamine, thus heightening allergic reactions, and both have been implicated in the formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines with nitrite in meat products. Our results call for a more thorough evaluation of the safety of NK603 corn consumption on a long-term basis.’ Dr. Antoniou stated…

“The establishment of compositional ‘substantial equivalence’ is a key starting point requested by regulatory agencies for assessing the safety of a GMO crop and food. If analysis for nutrients and known toxins shows that the composition of a GMO crop is found to be in a similar range to that present in a corresponding, genetically similar non-GMO variety (often the non-GMO parent), then it is deemed to be ‘substantially equivalent’ and to require little, if any, further safety testing, especially in the USA…

“A total of 117 proteins and 91 small molecule biochemicals (metabolites) were found to be statistically significantly altered in NK603 corn by the GM transformation process.”

http://www.alternet.org/food/new-study-raises-questions-about-safety-eating-gmo-corn