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[SANET-MG] monsanto ordered to make secret study public
Monsanto ordered to make secret study public
Brussels, 20 June 2005 A German law court (1) today ordered
biotechnology firm Monsanto to disclose a suppressed report on rat
feeding trials related to the company's genetically modified maize
MON863. The decision follows a campaign by Greenpeace to gain access to
the document under EU law. EU environment ministers will vote on the
maize's import authorisation this Friday, 24 June.
"This ruling is a victory for transparency over company secrecy
regarding the impacts of genetically modified organisms. EU member
states should not be pushed into approving this maize before independent
scientists have had a chance to examine the findings," said Eric Gall,
Greenpeace European Unit GMO policy adviser.
Monsanto has consistently tried to prevent the publication of the
1,000-page document, after concerns were raised regarding the health
impact on rats of MON863.
The German state endorsed Greenpeace requests to access the document
under EU law, but Monsanto introduced a case against Germany to prevent
the disclosure. Today's decision overrules the company's appeal against
the decision in this case, originally delivered on 10 June 2005.
Two renowned toxicology experts - Gilles-Eric Séralini and Arpad Pusztai
- will present their analysis of the study at a Greenpeace press
conference in Berlin on Wednesday.
On Friday, environment Ministers will vote not only on MON863 but also
on so-called national bans imposed by five member states against the use
and cultivation of GMOs.
Eric Gall, Greenpeace European Unit GMO policy adviser, tel +32 (0)496
Christoph Then, Greenpeace International GMO campaigner (in Germany),
tel +49 171 878 0832
Katharine Mill, Greenpeace European Unit media officer, tel +32 (0)496
1. Oberverwaltungsgericht Münster
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