One of the most controversial pieces of food research to hit the presses in 2012 was a French study led by Dr Gilles-Eric Séralini from the University of Caen in France concluding that long term exposure to even relatively low levels of Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup and its GM maize NK603 could result in a ‘greatly increased’ risk of tumors’ and premature death in rats.
However, as Friends of the Earth and the French government called for ‘immediate action’ against GM crops and Russia temporarily banned imports of the GM maize , many experts reacted with skepticism .
Days later, the German food safety agency found serious flaws in the experimental data: German authorities find ‘shortcomings’ in French GM cancer study
...While the European Food Safety Authority also weighed in, slamming the study as of ‘insufficient scientific quality to be considered valid': EFSA slams GM cancer study as not ‘scientifically sound’
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