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[SANET-MG] legal move to make EU publish results showing GM maize injures animals
The problem has been that US and EU bureaucrats have begun to designate
as CBI results that show that GM foods injure animals and people. It is
all well and good to push those bureaucrats to act in the safety of the
citizens but in the long run it would be only rational to see that the
bureaucrats were replaced by humans who are not the pawns of corporations.
Legal move to make EU publish GM test results
By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor
29 May 2005
Two legal initiatives are to be launched to force European bureaucrats
to make public secret research on the effects of feeding GM corn to
rats, whose results were exclusively revealed in The Independent on Sunday.
This week, in separate moves, a British pressure group is to approach
the European ombudsman, and a former French environment minister is to
write to the European Court to ask it to lift the cloak of
confidentiality from a 1,139- page report by the biotech giant Monsanto,
which showed that rats fed a modified corn had smaller kidneys and
raised levels of white blood cells compared to those who ate a similar
The results have raised fears that human health might also be at risk
from the corn, which the EU is expected to approve for sale this year.
Prof Gilles-Eric Seralini, professor of molecular biology at the
University of Caen, who scrutinises the safety of GM products for the
EC, told The Independent on Sunday last week that he found the research
results "very worrying".
He is president of the Scientific Council of the French Committee for
Independent Research and Information on Genetics, which has been trying
to get the research made public for 18 months.
Monsanto claims to have published "all the relevant safety information"
in an 11-page report in December 2002, but while asserting that the rats
"responded similarly" to GM and non-GM food, it contains no detailed data.
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