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We cannot force-feed EU citizens with GM food

Interview with Professor Patrick Wall
Former Chair
European Food Safety Authority

Recorded 2 December 2008
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High definition broadcast quality (HD XDCAM, 16:9 aspect ratio)
Total running time: 26 minutes 40 seconds.


Producer / director / interviewer: Michael O'Callaghan, Co-ordinator, GM-free Ireland Network
Camera / sound / web processing: Eoin Campbell, JustMultimedia

Produced for the GM-free Ireland Network by Global Vision Consulting Ltd
© Copyright 2008 Global Vision Consulting Ltd • all rights reserved

About the interviewee:

Professor Patrick Wall (MB, BOA, BCh, MVB, MBA, MRCVS) was the Chair of the European Food Safety Authority Management Board from September 2006 - June 2008. EFSA ( is the EU Agency mandated by the European Commission to provide its opinion on the safety of conventional and genetically modified animal feed and food for the entire food and feed supply chains, and on issues directly impacting on these such as animal welfare, animal health and plant health.

Prof. Wall is Associate Professor of Public Health in University College Dublin's School of Public Health and Population Sciences ( which hosts the National Nutrition Surveillance Centre ( His teaching and research interests include food borne diseases, lifestyle related diseases and health damaging consumer behaviour. He is a co-director of the UCD Centre for Behaviour and Health ( He was the first Chief Executive of the Irish Food Safety Authority ( which is currently run by Dr. John O'Brien, a former Director of the biotech industry lobby group, International Life Sciences Institute! Prof. Wall was one of seven non-Chinese nationals on the committee overseeing food safety arrangements for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He is also the Chairperson of the (Irish) Mental Health Commission's Research Committee, and is a member of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland's Healthy Eating Guidelines steering committee.

Contact details:

Prof. Patrick Wall
School of Public Health & Population Science
Woodview House
Dublin 4
Tel: + 353 (0)1 716 2052
Mobile: + 353 (0)87 694 0417
Email: Patrick.Wall[at]
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