GM Corn 'Could Cause Kidney and Liver Damage'

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Byline: SEAN POULTER

SCIENTISTS claim a GM corn approved for human consumption is linked to liver and kidney damage.

The corn or maize has been genetically modified to include an insecticide designed to kill corn rootworm and to ensure higher crop yields.

It was developed by U.S. biotech company Monsanto and approved

for human consumption by the EU in January 2006.

But the study, carried out by French researchers from the Committee for Independent Research and Genetic Engineering, has raised serious concerns about its safety.

The team, based at the University of Caen, fed the corn, called MON863, to rats for three months. They found signs of toxicity in the liver and kidney of the rats, along with changes in weight between the sexes.

Male rats were found to have lost on average 3.3 per cent of their body weight, while females gained 3.7 per cent.

Professor Gilles Eric Seralini, who led the team, said: 'Our counter-evaluation shows that there are signs of toxicity. …