The France government ordered the National Agency for Health Safety (ANSES) to investigate the suspension of a genetically-engineered corn by European commission, after a study in rats linked the GM corn to develop the risk of cancer.
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Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll, Ecology Minister Delphine Batho and Health and Social Affairs Minister Marisol Touraine said that once ANSES gives its opinion, they will ask the Government of France to take all the necessary preventive measures for public and animal health. This might include immediate suspension of imports of genetically-modified corn— NK603 CORN— to Europe.
The probe was ordered when the link between GM NK603 corn and cancer in rats was unveiled in a research led by Gilles-Eric Seralini at the University of Caen in Normandy. Nk603 corn was modified to make it resistant to weed killers.
The research was published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology.
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