[Genetically Modified Food--Great Unknown]

Pol Merkur Lekarski. 2012 Aug;33(194):59-63.
[Article in Polish]

Abstract

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.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Cell Transformation, Neoplastic / chemically induced
  • DNA Sequence, Unstable
  • Digestive System Diseases / chemically induced*
  • Food Analysis
  • Food, Genetically Modified / toxicity*
  • Foodborne Diseases / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Phytoestrogens / adverse effects
  • Phytoestrogens / analysis
  • Plants, Genetically Modified / genetics

Substances

  • Phytoestrogens