November 30, 2013
Publisher Elsevier stated that the 2012 French study entitled, “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize” was retracted from the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology.
This pulling of the article coincides with data analysis and an investigation that is still on-going. Elsevier will not comment until the investigation is complete.
This study prompted “Letters to the Editor expressing concerns about the validity of the findings it described, the proper use of animals, and even allegations of fraud.”
Elsevier stated: “Ultimately, the results presented – while not incorrect – are inconclusive, and therefore do not reach the threshold of publication for Food and Chemical Toxicology.”
Demands for retraction quickly followed. The authors of the study offered raw data for review.
Gilles-Eric Seralini, lead author of the study and professor at the University of Caen (UoC) replied that criticisms of the study are “unacceptable. Were FCT to persist in its decision to retract our study, CRIIGEN would attack with lawyers, including in the United States, to require financial compensation for the huge damage to our group.”
The study in question found that after exposing rats for 2 years to Round-Up Ready-laced water and an unlimited diet of Monsanto genetically-modified corn, the rats developed mammary tumors, suffered from liver damage and died.