No evidence it was sent by an anti-GMO activist
The letter containing an explosive powder sent to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in Parma, Italy was addressed to a member of the GMO Panel who does not work for the authority, reports EU Food Policy (article titled, “EFSA bomb was addressed to GMO panel member”, available by subscription only, no direct link). Science also has a report on the incident.
The name of the panel member has not been revealed.
According to EU Food Policy’s report, EFSA is expected to increase its security measures and there is to be a major investigation in Parma. Italian security services are considering whether special terrorist forces need to be set up in the city.
The EU Food Policy report says no organisation has claimed responsibility, “fuelling speculation that it was the act of a lone activist”. The Science article is more circumspect and just says, “it is not clear where it originated.”
It’s important to bear in mind that to date no evidence has been produced that any anti-GMO activist was to blame. Anyone could have sent the letter, including someone whose agenda it is to smear and criminalise the anti-GMO movement.