EU rejects French report linking GM maize to cancer


AFP
November 29, 2012

COMMENT: So, on the basis that this study was ‘flawed’ the EU has concluded there’s no need to redo the study or pursue further investigation. Isn’t that convenient? That a bureaucratic agency knows best…

The EU’s food safety agency definitively rejected Wednesday a bombshell French report linking genetically modified corn to cancer, saying it failed to meet “acceptable scientific standards.”

“Serious defects in the design and methodology of a paper by Seralini et al. mean it does not meet acceptable scientific standards,” the European Food Safety Authority said in a statement.

“Consequently it is not possible to draw valid conclusions about the occurrence of tumours in the rats tested,” the agency said.

EFSA, which reviews the use and authorisation of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), added that it “finds there is no need to re-examine its previous safety evaluations of NK603,” the genetically modified maize developed by US agribusiness giant Monsanto.

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