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EU governments ignoring their own scientific risk evaluation committees for political gain

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EU governments are ignoring on their own scientific risk evaluation committees and creating false pseudo-scientific documents for political gain.

In May 2013, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) received a request from the Italian Government for an emergency measure under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 to prohibit the cultivation of genetically engineered maize MON 810.EFSA has now rejected this request  since it contains no new scientific relevant to human and animal health or the environment. In fact the Italian document was a word-by-word translation  of the French emergency measures document submitted in February 2012 and EFSA politely noted that it “in its supporting documentation, the Italian authorities refer to the same concerns previously raised by France”.

Read the full, original story here: “EFSA rejects Italian request for a ban on Monsanto’s MON810 maize”

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