German BVL rejects French GMO study
The German federal office for consumer protection and food safety, the BVL, has deemed “not justified” the claims of a French study about harmful effects to rats from exposure to the herbicide, glyphosate, and Monsanto’s genetically modified glyphosate-tolerant NK603 maize at levels considered safe to humans. The study was published last month ( Agrow No 649, p 11). The BVL cites shortcomings in the study’s design and its type of data analysis and data presentation as reasons for its opinion. It conducted its analysis in collaboration with the German federal institute of risk assessment, the BfR, and two experts from the central commission for biological safety, the ZKBS.