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Call for Frankenstein food ban;In brief

A BAN on genetically modified, so-called Frankenstein, foods, has been recommended for use in school dinners by the Local Government Association.

The association's public protection committee will encourage councils to support the Five-Year Freeze Campaign, which urges a moratorium on the food and calls for further research into possible side-effects.

Briefing papers for the debate warned the ban may have cost implications for local authorities: "Those that wish to purchase food free of GM material face a difficult task, which may involve sourcing food from outside their regular supply chain, probably at greater cost."

According to a survey by the Food Commission, last month, 21 out of 33 London boroughs and at least 14 county councils in England had adopted anti-GM food policies - more have since followed suit.

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