By Michael Evans.
Three Chinese scientists were fired last week for secretly testing genetically modified rice on schoolchildren.
The scientists were all involved in tests conducted four years ago in which 25 primary school students in Hengyang, Hunan province were fed the rice for lunch.
While parents of the children were informed of the experiment, the information they were given did not mention that the rice was genetically modified, China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention said in a December 7 statement.
The rice developed by Chinese researchers with the aim of addressing vitamin A deficiency, has been nicknamed “golden rice” for its nutritional benefits.
The scientists were first accused of secretly feeding the rice to the children in an August report by Greenpeace.
Hengyang authorities have announced that families of the 25 children will be given 80,000 yuan as compensation, according to the Oriental Morning Post.