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[SANET-MG] move to make EU publish GM test results
Monsanto expects the government employees to support the concept that
evidence that the GM crops injure mammals should be considered CBI. The
corporation argument that the observed small kidneys and muddled blood
of the test animals are within an acceptable range for dead and dying
animals may have convinced the officials that CBI is the way to support
Legal move to make EU publish GM test results
By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor
29 May 2005 the independent
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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