Reaction continues to pour in concerning the research published in Elsevier’s Food and Chemical Toxicity journal on the safety of genetically modified food. The study, which was led by French researcher Gilles-Eric Séralini of the University of Caen, found that rats fed a diet containing a variety of Monsanto Co.'s GM corn developed cancer and died earlier than rats fed a standard diet. The European Food Safety Authority dismissed the study in October 2012, citing substandard experimental design and statistical methodology. EFSA will publish a final review in mid-November. In the meantime, on Nov. 7, Elsevier posted 16 comments and letters to the editor critical of the study.
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