The Straits Times
Published on Sep 05, 2012

Alleged genetically modified rice experiment raises fear for parents in China


(CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The parents of children in Hunan province who took part in a study allegedly involving genetically modified rice have expressed concerns over possible health hazards.

The move comes as one of the authors of the study, Mr Yin Shi'an, denied that the project used genetically modified food.

Mr Yin, a researcher with the Chinese Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention's Nutrition and Food Safety Institute, was listed as the third author of the study in a paper published on Aug 1 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The paper said that in 2008, 68 children in Hengyang, Hunan province, were fed golden rice - a genetically modified variety of rice - to test if it could help children with vitamin A deficiencies. The study was led by Tufts University in the United States (US).