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.
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