Bosnia Rejects US Corn Aid Shipment Tainted by GE

U.S. Withdraws Genetically Engineered Corn - Animal Feed
Donation After Bosnia's Hesitation
((SARAJEVO, Jan 30, 2001 -- (Agence France Presse))

The United States has withdrawn a four million dollar donation of
genetically engineered (GE) corn for animal feed after Bosnian officials
hesitated to approve it over fears of health risks for humans, the embassy
said here Tuesday. The U.S. embassy said in a statement that the shipment
of the corn could not be delivered, as Bosnian officials had failed to take
delivery of it. In the statement the U.S. embassy said it was
"disappointed" that governments of both entities -- Serbs' Republika Srpska
and the Muslim-Croat federation -- "could not decide in a timely fashion to
accept its donation of 40,000 metric of corn for animal feed." The
donation was aimed at helping the country recover from a drought that hit
local harvests last year. Last week Federation government officials
expressed concern over the donated corn and demanded thorough information on
possible effects on both humans and animals. "The inclusion of the
genetically modified corn is not unusual," the U.S. embassy statement said,
adding that "such corn was routinely exported all over the world for human
and animal consumption". The governments of the two entities that
effectively rule Bosnia did not comment on the issue Tuesday. ((c) 2001
Agence France Presse) . END.

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