Every biotech crop we sell has been thoroughly tested and reviewed by the regulatory agencies worldwide that are responsible for ensuring the safety of food and feed products. No other foods in history have been tested and regulated as thoroughly as foods developed through biotechnology.
Approximately a year ago, the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology published an article by Gilles Eric Séralini et al., that raised questions about our products and our commitment to safety.
When the article was published, Monsanto noted the study did not meet minimum acceptable standards for this type of scientific research, that its findings were not supported by the data presented, and that its conclusions were not relevant for the purpose of safety assessment. Monsanto was not alone in questioning the study. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reviewed the study, and determined that it fails to meet “acceptable scientific standards.” In addition to the EFSA review, a number of other countries including Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands also completed separate reviews and also reached the same conclusions about the study.
This week, Elsevier announced that the article by Gilles Eric Séralini et al. had been retracted by Food and Chemical Toxicology. The announcement has been posted online.
Conclusions about a matter as important as food safety must be based on quality science that adheres to internationally recognized standards. At Monsanto, we remain committed to adhering to these rigorous scientific guidelines because the safety of all of our products, including crops improved through biotechnology, is our utmost priority.