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Russia suspends import and use of American GM corn after study revealed cancer risk | Mail Online

26 Sep

Russia suspends import and use of American GM corn after study revealed cancer risk  

The European Food Safety Authority orders review in to the research, conducted at a French university

Russia’s decision could be followed by other nations

Experts at the University of Caen conducted an experiment running for the full lives of rats – two years

The findings found raised levels of breast cancer, liver and kidney damage

The same trials also found minuscule amounts of a commonly used weedkiller, Roundup

Both the GM corn and Roundup are the creation of US biotech company Monsanto

By SEAN POULTER

PUBLISHED: 11:15 EST, 25 September 2012

 UPDATED: 01:57 EST, 26 September 2012

 

Russia has suspended the import and use of an American GM corn following a study suggesting a link to breast cancer and organ damage.

Separately, the European Food Safety Authority(EFSA), has ordered its own review in to the research, which was conducted at a French university.

The decision by Russia could be followed by other nations in what would be a severe blow to the take-up of the controversial technology.

Cancer risk? A farmer shows two corncobs of genetically engineered corn by U.S. company Monsanto, right, and two normal corncobs from Germany, left

Historically, biotech companies have proved the safety of GM crops based on trials involving feeding rats for a period of 90 days.

However, experts at the University of Caen conducted an experiment running for the full lives of rats – two years.

 

Cancer risk? A farmer shows two corncobs of genetically engineered corn by U.S. company Monsanto, right, and two normal corncobs from Germany, left

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