September 23, 2012
Health Canada said this week it will take action if its review of a
new study, which found Canadian-grown genetically modified corn is
linked to elevated risks of cancer, organ damage and premature death in
rats, “demonstrates a risk” to Canadians.
The first-ever GM food safety study to test the entire life span
of laboratory rats, newly published in the peer-reviewed scientific
journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, also found health impacts for rats
exposed to Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, the widest-selling herbicide
in the world.
The French study,
while challenged by some experts, is being taking seriously by the
French government. On Thursday, it ordered an urgent review of the study
assessing the safety of GM corn and said it will work for a Europewide
ban of imports of the crop if the findings were found to be conclusive.
In Canada, where the GM corn is grown and used for animal feed and
processed food ingredients, Health Canada said it would be premature to
offer its assessment, saying departmental scientists are currently
reviewing the findings.