Seralini GM maize study booted by EFSA

An update to this story about a study condemning GM corn.

European Agency’s Final Verdict on Controversial GM Study: Not Scientifically Sound – ScienceInsider.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) today delivered its final verdict on a controversial study that examined the toxicity of genetically modified (GM) maize. The study “does not meet acceptable scientific standards” and there is therefore no need to reevaluate the safety of GM maize, the group concluded.

The study in question was published on 19 September in Food and Chemical Toxicology by molecular biologist Gilles-Eric Séralini and colleagues. It claimed to find a link between GM maize NK603 and tumors and death in rats.

It was clear from day one that this was the case. It was done by press conference and science reporters were not allowed to consult experts. This study was severely flawed and has apparently been discarded as junk.

However, damage has been done simply through the publicity. People still associate genetically modified corn and the Monsanto herbicide with nasty health effects even though the study was not evidence for that.

 

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  1 comment for “Seralini GM maize study booted by EFSA

  1. One Eyed Jack
    November 30, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    “However, damage has been done simply through the publicity. People still associate genetically modified corn and the Monsanto herbicide with nasty health effects even though the study was not evidence for that.”

    I imagine Seralini intended exactly that sort of result. The study will remain in anti-GMO circles for a very long time. The fact that it was rejected will be framed as “Big Government cowing to Monsanto (aka, the Devil incarnate)”.

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