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EFSA accepts use of contaminated chow in GMO animal testing experiments

Date Added to website 16th October 2015


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EFSA accepts use of contaminated chow in GMO animal testing experiments
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If you are one of the small number of people who believes in the integrity and competence of EFSA, think again. This latest episode caps the lot, and shows EFSA more clearly than ever before as arrogant, complacent and incompetent. The organization is also clearly corrupt, and no wonder Barbara Peterson and Anthony Samsel have a go at it in the article reproduced below. In the EFSA review of the paper by Mesnage et al, and the note by Rosemary Mason about Samsel's findings re contaminated Purina chow, that august body simply burbles on about "insufficient data for a full scientific review" while completely missing the point that if you are doing a toxicity experiment, you must have completely uncontaminated control group chow if you are to pick up anything meaningful about the effects of experimental group chow. Your average GCSE pupil would appreciate that-- but it is apparently beyond the comprehension of the "experts" at EFSA. Yet again, EFSA shows that it is completely unfit for purpose. The sooner we can get rid of them the better........

Review of results published by Mesnage et al. (2015) in PLoS ONE and the laboratory findings communicated by Dr Samsel to Farm Wars: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/4258

BREAKING: Lab Chow Contaminated by Glyphosate: http://farmwars.info/?p=14095
Open Letter to the European Commission and European Food Safety Authority by R. Mason




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EFSA Says Glyphosate Contaminated Lab Chow Okay!
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Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars
http://farmwars.info/?p=14236

On October 6, 2015, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a paper on request from the European Commission titled “Review of results published by Mesnage et al. (2015) in PLoS ONE and the laboratory findings communicated by Dr. Samsel to Farm Wars,” which responded to the findings of Dr. Anthony Samsel that laboratory diets used exclusively by scientists around the world for toxicology testing are contaminated by Glyphosate. And the EFSA’s results are? Don’t worry, be happy, nothing to see here, we’ve determined that it’s okay, business as usual.

Since testing for Glyphosate contamination in laboratory chow used for toxicological testing purposes is not required, the following request was made, and summarily dismissed by the EFSA:

It is time for the GLP and OECD protocols to be updated to include routine testing for Glyphosate contamination, and all testing done previously with the contaminated feed re-evaluated in light of this new information.

http://farmwars.info/?p=14095


The EFSA’s dismissal:

The information reported on the website is not supported by sufficient detail or a reference to permit a full scientific review. In conclusion, no new scientific elements were provided that would impact on the validity of regulatory feeding tests in the EU.

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/4258

Did the EFSA even look at the actual lab data or any details? NO. Just dismissed them as having no impact. The EFSA did not bother to make even one attempt to reach out to Drs. Samsel, Mesnage or Seralini. If you don’t look at the data or methodology used, how can you possibly make the following statement regarding that data?

There are several limitations with the methodological approach used by the authors, including insufficient information about the test material and methodology used, incomplete reporting of the data, and inappropriate interpretation of legislation and results. EFSA

This is not rocket science, folks. If you use rodents for toxicology testing that are already being fed a toxic substance such as Glyphosate, a patented metal chelator, herbicide and antibiotic during the trial, doesn’t it stand to reason that these tests would be inaccurate? To not even consider the ramifications of this and to dismiss Dr. Samsel’s findings outright is outrageous.

As stated in the Farm Wars article:

Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) 

The testing of chemicals is labour-intensive and expensive. Often the same chemicals are being tested and assessed in several countries. The OECD Council therefore adopted a Council Decision* in 1981 – on Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) – stating that test data generated in any member country in accordance with OECD Test Guidelines and Principles of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) shall be accepted in other member countries for assessment purposes and other uses relating to the protection of human health and the environment. 

A further Council Act was adopted in 1989 to provide assurance that the data are indeed developed in compliance with the Principles of GLP. This Council Decision-Recommendation on Compliance with GLP establishes procedures for monitoring GLP compliance through government inspections and study audits as well as a framework for international liaison among monitoring and data-receiving authorities. 

A 1997 Council Decision on the Adherence of Non-Member countries to the Council Acts related to the Mutual Acceptance of Data in the Assessment of Chemicals sets out a step-wise procedure for non-OECD countries to take part as full members in this system. 

http://www.oecd.org/env/ehs/testing/mutualacceptanceofdatamad.htm

But what if the agency that is tasked with assessing toxicity is corrupt to the core?


Open Letter to the European Commission and European Food Safety Authority

It is time for a change, and NOT business as usual. The very least we can do is to make sure that the safety testing we conduct is on behalf of the people, and NOT the corporations making a killing off of the products they are selling irrespective of the damage they cause.

“Creation is crying out. Survival of all species is now in jeopardy and our failure to act will not be without consequence.” (Dr. Anthony Samsel) 

©2015 Barbara H. Peterson

Sources:

Review of results published by Mesnage et al. (2015) in PLoS ONE and the laboratory findings communicated by Dr Samsel to Farm Wars: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/4258

BREAKING: Lab Chow Contaminated by Glyphosate: http://farmwars.info/?p=14095

Open Letter to the European Commission and European Food Safety Authority by R. Mason