Adjuvants dramatically increase pesticide toxicity, Séralini claims

02/3/2014 | FoodNavigator

A new study co-authored by controversial scientist Gilles-Eric Séralini claims adjustable daily intakes for pesticides don't include adjuvants which, although characterized as inerts, can heighten the toxicity of the active ingredients. "They amplify up to 1,000 times the toxicity of their active principle in 100% of the cases where they are indicated to be present by the manufacturer," according to the study, which suggests the adjuvants should be viewed as "the first toxic 'active' compounds." The European Crop Protection Association criticized the study for failing to meet standards, while 41 scientists and other experts demanded a reinstatement of an earlier Séralini study that associated cancer in rats with certain Monsanto products.

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