The longest running GMO safety test in the world that linked Genetically Modified Corn to rapid growth of cancerous tumors in rats has been retracted by its publisher, the journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology. Editor-in-Chief Elsevier stated:
“Very shortly after the publication of this article, the journal received Letters to the Editor expressing concerns about the validity of the findings it described, the proper use of animals, and even allegations of fraud. Many of these letters called upon the editors of the journal to retract the paper. According to the journal’s standard practice, these letters, as well as the letters in support of the findings, were published along with a response from the authors. Due to the nature of the concerns raised about this paper, the Editor-in-Chief examined all aspects of the peer review process and requested permission from the corresponding author to review the raw data. The request to view raw data is not often made; however, it is in accordance with the journal’s policy that authors of submitted manuscripts must be willing to provide the original data if so requested. The corresponding author agreed and supplied all material that was requested by the Editor-in-Chief. The Editor-in-Chief wishes to acknowledge the co-operation of the corresponding author in this matter, and commends him for his commitment to the scientific process.“
Unequivocally, Elsevier found “no evidence of fraud or intentional misrepresentation” of the data. The article was pulled from the journal anyway.
“The magazine reviewed our paper more than any other,” says co-author and physician Joël Spiroux de Vendômois, who is also president of the Paris-based Committee for Research and Independent Information on Genetic Engineering (CRIIGEN), which collaborated in the study. The retraction is “a public-health scandal”, he says.
The research group was led by molecular biologist Gilles-Eric Séralini at the University of Caen, France. The lab results when investigated showed “no evidence of fraud or intentional misrepresentation of the data”, said Elsevier, who publishes the journal.
The experiment was created with a similar environment to Monsanto’s, in order to make the two experiments similar. The major differences were that Séralini’s experiment was conducted on the same amount of rats but over two years to Monsanto’s 90 days, measured more effects more often, and was uniquely able to distinguish the effects of the GM food from the pesticide it is grown with.
Séralini’s study is the only long-term study on the commercialized GM maize NK603 and the pesticide (Roundup). Séralini designed his 2012 study as a direct followup to one conducted by Monsanto earlier and verify their results.
The researchers results show “severe adverse health effects, including mammary tumors and kidney and liver damage, leading to premature death”
These serious effects had not shown up in Monsanto’s 90-day test because it was too short. Serious diseases like organ damage and tumors take time to develop and become obvious.
If true, Séralini’s study would show that long-term chronic toxicity and carcinogenicity studies are needed on all GM foods before they are to hit shelves.
Almost all of the health issues manifested after 90 days. By the end of the study, 50 to 80 percent of the females had developed large tumors, compared with 30 percent developing tumors in the control group.
In males, liver congestion and necrosis were 2.5 to 5.5 times higher than in the control group, and there were 1.3 to 2.3 times more instances of kidney disease. Overall, among the rats receiving GM corn and/or Roundup, up to 50 percent of males and 70 percent of females died prematurely, compared with only 30 percent and 20 percent in the control group.
Monsanto has been under scrutiny due to recent evidence showing in 1994 the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service hired a new administrator, Mike Taylor.
Taylor conveniently had worked for the FDA in the 1970’s and then in the 1980’s he became a private sector lawyer for a firm that represented Monsanto.
Also in Wisconsin, a judge who ruled Raw Milk Illegal was hired at a Monsanto law firm just months after his verdict.
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