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EU CSA receives apology for misrepresentation

The European Commission's chief scientific adviser (CSA), Anne Glover, has demanded and received an apology from French MEP Corinne Lepage after the latter accused Ms Glover of having worked for Monsanto, reports French newswire Agrisalon. Ms Lepage made the assertion at a press conference organised to protest the retraction by the journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology, of a French study that claimed rats could develop tumours if exposed to the herbicide, glyphosate, and Monsanto's genetically modified glyphosate-tolerant NK603 maize (Agrow No 678, p 4). Ms Glover wrote to Ms Lepage demanding an apology for implying a conflict of interest and the MEP obliged in an exchange on Twitter and through a letter. The EU CSA has been an ardent supporter of GM crops while Ms Lepage has been a vociferous opponent of the technology.

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