Storm over genetically modified mayze study worsens

NewScientists – THOSE who hoped the study would go away will be disappointed. Claims that eating genetically modified maize gives rats tumours have provoked a storm in Europe.

The French government says it will suspend imports of the maize if its National Health and Safety Agency finds the results valid. The maize, made by Monsanto and modified to resist the herbicide Round-Up, is imported as animal feed to Europe but cannot be grown there due to continuing hostility to GM crops.

Meanwhile, the European Food Safety Authority is asking Gilles-Eric Séralini and colleagues at the University of Caen, who did the research, for detailed data not presented in the publication so it can evaluate the finding.

Whether the request is met remains to be seen, as Séralini has said the EFSA cannot evaluate the study due to a conflict of interest, having declared the maize safe.

Source : NewScientists, Sepetember 27th, 2012

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