EU releases all data on GM corn linked to cancer18/01/2013 01:08
Genetically modified test plants at a biotechnology lab at Litoral university in Santa Fe, Argentina, August 2012. The EU's food safety agency has challenged its doubters, making available all the scientific information used to clear a genetically modified corn which a French researcher had linked to cancer.
The EU's food safety agency challenged its doubters on Monday, making available all the scientific information used to clear a genetically modified corn which a French researcher had linked to cancer.
The European Food Safety Authority said that "given the level of public interest ... (it would) make all data on genetically modified (GM) maize NK603 publicly available on its website."
While EFSA had previously provided such information on request, "any member of the public or scientific community will now be able to examine and utilise the full data sets used in this risk assessment," it said in a statement.
EFSA, which reviews the use and authorisation of such crops and foodstuffs, in November rejected outright a report by Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen which had linked NK603 to cancer found in laboratory rats.