British consumers are the most supportive of GM food out of all 27 EU states, a new survey on behalf of the European Commission has found.

Forty-four percent of those surveyed in the UK agreed "GM food should be encouraged". The UK's support rate was followed by consumers in the Czech Republic (41%), Iceland (39%) and Slovakia (38%). Support stood at 16% in France and 22% in Germany. The average was 27%.

Of the 57% across the EU opposed to GM food, many were concerned GM products might not be safe. This suggested the risk assessment process used by the EU for GM was not considered valid by many respondents, the report by Eurobarometer said. "It could also be interpreted as an entrenched attitudinal association between GM food and a lack of safety, notwithstanding institutional efforts to demonstrate the opposite."