from Patrick Holden, director, The Soil Association Sir;
The Food Standards Agency's rejection of EU proposals to require the labelling of GM derivatives on food products is nonsensical.

If the FSA applied the same logic in other fields, it would mean, for instance, that they would be unable to accept the legitimacy of farm assured or organic foods that require a thorough audit and cannot be verified through analysis.

It is clear that in giving this advice to the government, the agency is acting against the public interest and one can only conclude that it is either wildly out of touch with the reality of the approach of many product verification schemes, which are not based on product analysis, or that the agency's response masks a pro-GM stance and a hidden agenda to allow these products into the food chain by the back door. {{COMMENT & LETTERS }}