NOTE: The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (
We have hopes that the ANSES review may be rigorous and objective. In 2011 ANSES issued a report condemning the food packaging chemical bisphenol A (BPA) as toxic, even in small amounts. ANSES's opinion caused a storm of controversy because it was in direct contradiction to that of EFSA, which said the chemical was safe at levels humans are exposed to. ANSES's opinion has led to the French government announcing a ban on BPA by 2014.
GMOs: ANSES will report on October 20
Updated 10/01/12 at 24:19
Article in French: http://www.20minutes.fr/ledirect/1013889/ogm-anses-rendra-rapport-20-octobre
English translation by GMWatch
The French Agency for Food, Environmental, and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) has announced that it will report on the study on GMOs by Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini on October 20. The study, published Sept. 19, showed that rats fed with GM maize die younger and suffer more often from cancer than others.
Since the release of the study, French and European health authorities have been tasked with assessing the validity of its findings. If the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) believes that the study provides "new scientific evidence", Brussels has promised to "take all the consequences." As for France, it may request the suspension of the authorization to import maize NK 603 into Europe if the conclusions of the study are proven valid.
) will report on Seralini's study on GM NK603 maize, which found that the maize, as well as tiny amounts of the Roundup herbicide it is grown with, caused tumours, premature death and organ damage in rats.