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HRH. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales:

"What sort of world do we want to live in?

This is the biggest question of all. I raise it because the capacity of GM technology to change our world has brought us to a crossroads of fundamental importance.

Are we going allow the industrialisation of Life itself, redesigning the natural world for the sake of convenience and embarking on an Orwelian future? And, if we do, will there eventually be a price to pay?

Or should we be adopting a gentler, more considered approach, seeking always to work with the grain of nature in making better, more sustainable use of what we have, for the long-term benefit of mankind as a whole?

The answer is important. It will affect far more than the food we eat; it will determine the sort of world we, and our children, will inhabit."

Click here for the full text of this article by HRH Prince Charles

Who Speaks for the Microbes?

Stanley Falkow
Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA

Food poisoning by Escherichia coli O157, Campylobacter, and Salmonella emerged more from food technology and food distribution networks than from any fundamental change in the virulence properties of the bacteria. In a sense, we have provided these bacteria with a moveable feast.

Professor Verner Wheelock

"Blind faith in pasteurisation is likely to lead to more problems than it solves and to limit efforts to improve total hygiene in food production".

Verner Wheelock Associates
North Barn
Broughton Hall Business Park
N Yorkshire
BD23 3AE

Lysteria monocytogenes: Flavour of the month in Britain in 1995, now flavour of the month in France.

Today's flavour for Britain and the US is Escherichia .coli 0157.

Taking the past ten years, in Britain: there have been just five cases of illness (in just 3 incidents) from E.coli 0157 associated with the consumption of cheese. None of these has been directly associated with contamination of the milk and, none have been serious infections resulting in long-term effects:

there has not been one case of listeriosis from the consumption of British cheese in the past ten years yet, under European law, it is illegal for there to be one single Listeria monocytogenes organism in cheese and, the whole production must be destroyed if one is found. (see Lanark Blue Cheese case below: which was heard some months before this law was placed on the statute books).

June 1999.


Re: Listeria monocytogenes.

Lanark Blue Cheese case

The Judgement in this case should be compulsory reading for all food agency staff... and advisors, from EHO to Ministers. It will be available on the internet, once I finish converting it from hard-copy, and should be of interest to any food producer suffering under the clouds of legislation that do little to improve food safety.

Ministry of AgricultureDepartment of Health :

This is where our mad, arrogant and unregulated bureaucrats nest. These are the people who truly write our Food Safety legislation for Ministers to blindly rubber-stamp.

The House of Commons: useful to keep track of debates:

House of Lords:



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