the Organic Review: EU Says French GMO/Rat Study is a Flunk

By on November 29, 2012

by Ali Papademetriou

Last month, Russia’s government reevaluated the French study, which was performed at the University of Caen that focused on the effects of feeding Monsanto’s genetically modified corn as well as their patented herbicide, Roundup, to rats.

The Russian government applied for the opinion of the ANSES health agency as well as the biotechnology advisory council HCB. Their deductions were announced in October, which showed both groups supposed that the study did not demonstrate the toxicity of Monsanto’s products.

French farm, environment and health ministries commented on their conclusion, “On this bases, there is therefore no need to go back on the authorizations issued for the NK603 maize and the Roundup weed killer.”

The European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) was in accordance with the opinions of ANSES and HCB. Similarly, all three and other French experts have noted that the University of Caen study was flawed. Issues against the study were raised, such as the particular rats used already being more prone to developing tumors than other species. Although, ANSES did comment that the study erected the subject of longer-term risks associated with genetically engineered foods and demanded that more research be conducted on the topic.

On Wednesday, the European Food and Safety authority reiterated their conclusion and revealed a statement displaying that the University of Caen study flunked making “acceptable scientific standards.”

In their statement, the EFSA commented, “Serious defects in the design and methodology of a paper by Seralini et al. mean it does not meet acceptable scientific standards,” alluding that Seralini, who led the study, and his team, failed to accommodate adequate scientific validity. The agency went on to note, “Consequently it is not possible to draw valid conclusions about the occurrence of tumours in the rats tested.”

The agency deduced that it “finds there is no need to re-examine its previous safety evaluations of NK603,” the type of corn used in the study that is manufactured by Monsanto Corporation.

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Company unloads imported corn | Shenzhen Standard. (n.d.). Shenzhen Standard. Retrieved from

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One Comment

  1. Erin

    November 29, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    This won’t make me eat GMOs.

    I’m not an idiot.

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