24/06/2014

Rat Study Shows Consumers At Risk

 

GE foods designed specifically to survive intensive spraying with RoundUp, threaten consumer health. The Journal of Environmental Sciences Europe has re published and peer reviewed, long term feeding study that raises serious health implications of GE foods and their associated herbicides.

The findings include dangerous life threatening impacts on hormonal balance and organ failure. Food safety authorities must address the risks immediately and food industry players who have been importing similar products into New Zealand as animal feed.

The study by a French scientific team led by Professor Seralini had been previously withdrawn from publication because of controversy raised around the toxic and long-term adverse effects on laboratory animals of the GE corn tested.

Winfried Schröder, editor of the journal Environmental Sciences Europe of the Springer Group, stated:

‘’We want to enable a rational discussion about the study of Séralini et al. (Food Chem Toxicol 2012, 50:4221–4231) by republishing it. This methodological competition is the energy necessary for any scientific progress. The sole purpose is to enable some scientific transparency and on this basis, a discussion that does not try to hide, but focuses on these needed methodological controversies.”

Monsanto has previously used these protocols to report on its own products and provide evidence of their safety. The Seralini study tested a genetically engineered corn and RoundUp herbicide and Roundup alone, over the lifetime of Sprague Dawley rats. The research team has republished the findings in an open access peer-reviewed journal that is removed from the editorial interference that occurred after the original publication.

Dr Joël Spiroux de Vendômois, medical doctor and President of CRIIGEN said “the deficiency of the regulatory assessment of pesticides and GMOs, endangers public health."

The study's main findings include:

• The most commonly used pesticide in the world, Roundup, provokes severe hepatorenal deficiencies and sex-dependent hormonal effects such as mammary tumors from very low environmental levels

• Comparable results have been obtained during chronic consumption of an equilibrated diet containing a Roundup-tolerant GMO (maize).

FSANZ has approved 82 GE foods, the most recent of which allow a chemical cocktail to be used on GE corn and soybean variants which survive both 2,4-D and glyphosate herbicides, increasing the toxic load in food.

These types of GE corn and soybean have been approved without any studies conducted on their impact on people when eaten. Despite urgent requests for safety testing, approval went ahead, revealing a lack of New Zealand sovereignty to contest a GE food approval made by the trans-Tasman authority FSANZ.

“The horrific findings on this study and the refusal of our trans-Tasman FSANZ food safety authority to contemplate the serious harm to consumers shows that FSANZ are no longer competent to make decisions in the interests of New Zealand consumers," said Claire, President of GE Free NZ.

“We believe it falls on the Governments NZ Food and Safety Assessment Council to recall GE foods in light of the mounting adverse effects and act to protect consumers."

GE Free NZ is calling on the new NZ Food and Safety Assessment Council [1] to immediately recall all GE 2,4-D and RoundUp-resistant products and reassess them in respect to the effects on consumers as well as on animals being given them in feed.

The results of the study originally appeared in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology but was later withdrawn after Mr. Richard Goodman a former employee of Monsanto was appointed as a new "Associate Editor for Biotechnology". He re-appraised the study and concluded that the low number of rats and the strain used meant that the conclusions on two aspects of the study – mortality and tumorigenesis – were ‘‘inconclusive’’

“With the new publication of the findings of liver and kidney toxicity and early tumour development, it is unethical to ignore the warning signs," said Jon Carapiet, spokesman for GE-Free NZ.

"It is vital that there be a reassessment of all GE foods that contain the resistance genes tolerant to RoundUp herbicide."

[1] NZ Food and Safety Assessment Council http://www.msi.govt.nz/get-funded/research-organisations/new-zealand-food-safety-science-and-research-centre

[2] Séralini G-E, Clair E, Mesnage R, Gress S, Defarge N, Malatesta M, Hennequin D. & de Vendômois J.S. Republished study: Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize Environmental Sciences Europe 2014, 26:14. http://www.enveurope.com/content/26/1/

Jon Carapiet - national spokesman

0210507681

Claire Bleakley - president, GE-free NZ

06 3089842 /027348 6731

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