Mainstream media reports: EFSA’s release of Monsanto GM maize data found only in The Grocer

1 Apr

Some time ago good news was received: the European Food Standards Agency has released all the data it holds on Monsanto’s controversial genetically modified maize variant NK603, in what it claims is a major transparency drive in the GM debate.

the grocer2Eventually, confirmation of this development in an article by Julia Glotz was found, though a search on the EU parliamentary website revealed no more than a question on the subject in 2012.

There was a press release on the EFSA website in October and in January the data provided by Monsanto as part of the authorisation process and risk assessment for NK603 was placed on the EFSA website.

The Grocer reports that the publication of the NK603 data forms part of a wider EFSA initiative to increase transparency around its risk assessment processes:

“Risk assessment is an evolving science, and EFSA is always willing to review its past work should new robust science bring a new perspective to any of the authority’s previous findings,” said EFSA executive director Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle.”

MEP corinne 3 lepageAccording to EU Food Law, French Liberal MEP Corinne Lepage alleges that Monsanto has threatened legal action against EFSA for publishing the studies backing up the marketing authorisation of its genetically modified maize NK603, a charge the company denies.

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