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Correction on April 20 story -- 'Philippine president reverses course on transgenics'

(April 23, 2001 --Cropchoice news) -- Cropchoice must eat humble pie (no gene-modified ingredients, of course). Our story on Friday about Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo making a 180-degree turn on transgenic foods was premature, if not wrong.

She has not herself announced any change in her stand against the sale of transgenic foods. It is true that the Crop Protection Association of the Philippines (CPAP) and members of the National Academy of Science and Technology of the Philippines (NAST) want her to reconsider her position.

Macapagal-Arroyo did instruct the Agriculture, Health and Trade and Industry departments to develop mandatory labeling policies for transgenic foods so that consumers know what they're buying.