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European Commission to investigate controversial GM study

The European Food Safety Authority is to investigate a study claiming that a genetically modified maize used in Europe causes cancer and early death in rats, following a request from the European Commission.

The study, published on 19 September in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, claims that rats fed the NK603 herbicide-resistant strain of maize, developed by biotech company Monsanto, had more mammary tumours and liver or kidney damage than those fed untreated maize. The crop is currently approved for animal and human consumption in the EU, as well several other countries.

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