Conclusiveness of toxicity data and double standards

Friday 18 April 2014

Food and Chemical Toxicology

Reference: FCT 7934


Conclusiveness of toxicity data and double standards

G.E. Séralini, R. Mesnage, N. Defarge, J. Spiroux de Vendômois


We would like to comment on your answers (Hayes, 2014a) concerning the retraction of our study (Seralini et al., 2012 and Hayes, 2014b) by Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT). Our study investigated the long-term effects in rats of consumption of two Monsanto products, a genetically modified (GM) maize and its associated pesticide, Roundup, together and separately. The decision to retract the paper was reached a few months after the appointment of a former Monsanto employee as “editor for biotechnology”, a position created for him at FCT ( Robinson and Latham, 2013). In a recent editorial, Portier and colleagues express concern about the “dangerous erosion of the underpinnings of the peer-review process” in the case of our study ( Portier et al., 2014).


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