China Daily, an online journal, reported potential serious public health and environment problems with genetically modified rice considering its tendency to cause allergic reactions with the concurrent possibility of gene transfers.
Milk from cows contains increased levels of IGF-1 (insulin growth factors-1). Humans also have IGF-1 in their system. Scientists have expressed concerns that increased levels of IGF-1 in humans have been associated with colon and breast cancer.
PRINTSCREEN (gif.) OF “The Health Dangers of Genetically Modified Foods” pt. 1 – 6 on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94d-KVorSHM
As of June 14, 2010, new regulations regarding the labeling of geneticallymodified organisms (GMOs) in food have been enacted in Malaysia through
Malaysian signed the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB) on May 24, 2000
The objective of implementing mandatory GMO labeling is to provide consumerswith additional information and increase consumer choice.
Malaysian consumers maybe know about theexistence of the GMF but do not have enoughunderstanding of the underlyingconcept, which might be influencing theirpurchasing intentions regarding GMF.
As Malaysian consumers are found to showgreater concerns for the risks attached with the GM food, it is suggested that more efforts should be laid by the policymakers from government and industry to increase knowledge about benefits of GM food.
This increased knowledge is a key to help lower the consumers‟ perception level of risks and lever the perceived quality in turn (Klerck & Sweeney, 2007; Linh, 2009).
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