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europa    seventh

20-10-2014

GRACE scientists now published their first study findings  of a 90-day feeding trial on rats in Archives of Toxicology. The control groups were given the non-GM parent variety or one of four conventional maize varieties as part of their diet.

 

The GRACE research project was asked by the European Commission to test various methods that can reliably identify the medium- and long-term health impacts of eating GM crops. Although the results showed that the two GM maize varieties tested did not trigger any negative effects in the trial animals, the publication does not yet provide any answers to this question. Conclusions concerning any potential added scientific value of these trials for risk assessments will be drawn only once the one-year feeding study is complete and alternative methods have been tested.

 

The study systematically implemented and validated the guidance issued by the European Food Safety Authority in 2011 for 90-day feeding trials with whole GM plant material. In 2013, the European Commission passed an implementing regulation making this type of feeding trial mandatory for the authorisation of GM plants. At the same time, the EU-funded GRACE research project was tasked with checking whether such studies can in fact provide additional information for risk assessments of GM plants.
 

GRACE is also doing a one-year feeding study and is testing alternative in vitro methods. Conclusions concerning any potential added scientific value of these trials for risk assessments will be drawn only once these additional studies have been completed.

 

Like in G-TwYST, there are also plans to involve a broad spectrum of stakeholders in the evaluation of the results.

 

 

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