Journal retracts French GMO study
The Food and Chemical Toxicology journal has retracted an article based on a French study that claimed rats could develop tumours if exposed to the herbicide, glyphosate, and Monsanto’s genetically modified glyphosate-tolerant NK603 maize. The article, published last year, caused widespread controversy (Agrow No 649, p 11). Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini and his team said that it was the first long-term animal feeding trial to use feed levels considered safe to humans. However, the study’s conclusions were subsequently rejected by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and several national regulators as being scientifically unsound (Agrow No 655, p 9).