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EFSA rejects study questioning NK603 maize

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says that there are “severe shortcomings” in a scientific study claiming that Monsanto’s genetically modified glyphosate herbicide-tolerant NK603 maize line is compositionally non-equivalent to a non-GM maize comparator. The study, by Robin Mesnage and others, was published in Scientific Reports in December 2016. The Authority concludes that the publication does not invalidate the previous positive EU risk assessment of NK603 maize, which gained renewed EU import approval in 2015.

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