On the same day (28th November) in which EFSA hold meetings with the NGOs on genetically modified food to update them regarding the scientific progress on GM food, the Authority rejects also the controversial Séralini study linking cancer and Maize NK603.
EFSA today delivered its final evaluation of the paper by Séralini et al. which raised concerns about the potential toxicity of genetically modified maize NK603 and of an herbicide containing glyphosate.
“The study as reported by Séralini et al. was found to be inadequately designed, analysed and reported” says EFSA statement.
“Séralini et al. (2012b) in their answer to critics provided a limited amount of relevant additional information which does not address the majority of the open issues raised in the first EFSA Statement (EFSA 2012). In particular, issues such as statistical methods and endpoint reporting remain unresolved. Moreover, with regard to long term carcinogenicity and mortality, Séralini et al. (2012b) acknowledge that the sample size is too small to draw conclusions.”
The EFSA position finds a broad consensus in the Member States which has evaluated the paper.
Not long time ago EFSA had requested Séralini et al. to provide further information on their study documentation. No such material had reached the Authority before publication of this statement. On 9 November 2012, Séralini et al. published a general reply to the reactions to their paper, but they don’t give any document to the Authority.
This seems to be the end of the scientific querelle between the French Professor and EFSA.
- EFSA provides Professor Seralini data on GM maize NK603 – Update on GM research (foodlawlatest.wordpress.com)
- EFSA to finalise review of Séralini et al. publication by mid-November (foodlawlatest.com)
- Euro food safety watchdog rejects Roundup GM cancer study (foodlawlatest.com)