Doctors Hospital Carlos III confirmed the first case of human death caused by the consumption of genetically modified (GM) foods. Juan Pedro Ramos died of anaphylaxis after consuming some recently developed tomatoes that contains the genes of fish, triggering a violent and deadly allergic reactions.
Medical and forensic experts in hospital Carlos III examiners had to run a lot of tests and analyzes before they could determine precisely what caused Mr. Ramos died of an allergic reaction to shellfish, since all he had eaten before his death was a bacon, lettuce and tomato with a diet cola. They were astonished when they discovered that the tomato was eaten, not only are some fishing-related allergens, but also some genes resistant to antibiotics that had prevented Mr. Ramos white blood cells to save his life.
The cause of death was confirmed through tests of tomatoes had allegedly consumed before falling ill:
“At first we thought there had been some sort of contamination of food, contact with fish or seafood during the preparation, “said Dr. Rafael Pérez-Santamarina. “It was only when we tested the tomato itself we realized that it contained some allergens commonly found in seafood. We did many different analyzes and they all confirmed that the tomato was indeed the source of allergens that killed Mr. . Ramos. “
the case of Mr. Ramos is the first confirmed human death officially be related to the ingestion of genetically modified foods. Contradicts most of the studies on GMOs had concluded that GM crops currently on the market are completely safe to eat.
A team led by University scientists Nebraska had anticipated such problems in 1996, when they discovered that a protein from Brazil nut introduced to improve the nutritional quality of genetically modified soybean was able to elicit a allergic reaction in people with brazil nut allergies. However, this type of problem was rejected by most scientists as unlikely as it easily could be avoided with adequate safety tests. Soybeans injected with the gene of the Brazil nut was indeed abandoned during development, but it seems that the transgenic tomato that killed Mr. Ramos had not been subject to sufficient evidence and lethal risk had not been identified before It is marketed.
The Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality tomatoes classified by Portuguese origin, which infect the young, to be recalled and withdrawn from shops and markets for security reasons. More than 7000 tons of tomatoes therefore, by ministry inspectors and public security officials were left in the country.
The Ministry also issued a public statement on the death of Mr. Ramos in sending condolences to his family and adds that “require further research on the subject immediately to determine if another genetically modified food products in the European market could pose a risk to the Spanish population. ”
Doctors Hospital Carlos III confirmed the first case of human death caused by the consumption of genetically modified foods (GMOs). Juan Pedro Ramos died of anaphylaxis after consuming some recently developed tomatoes that contain fish genes, triggering a violent and deadly allergic reactions.
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