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Focus 2012: Research policy and independent risk assessment - International conference held in Bremen, Germany in June 2012

Supported by the GEKKO foundation (http://www.stiftung-gekko.de) and Charles Leopold Mayer (http://www.fph.ch/?lang=fr), Testbiotech has launched a project on research policy and independent risk assessment. A main goal is the preparation of political demands for the German elections in 2013.

European Food Safety Authority admits failure

EFSA did not stop revolving doors
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Munich/ Brussels

For the first time, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) admits that it did not take the necessary action to stop revolving doors. EFSA states that “regrettably” the authority did not follow up the relevant information. Further, the authority acknowledges that it has strengthened internal rules in response.

New superbugs in the fields?

Cultivation of new genetically engineered maize could cause problems in the EU
Monday, 26 March 2012
Munich/Brussels

Today Testbiotech is publishing a new backgrounder warning that the insecticide producing genetically engineered maize MON88017 might help pest insects become even more harmful. Researchers in a US laboratory have shown that the pest insects, known as corn rootworm, may not only become resistant to the insecticide producing maize plants, but the development of the larvae can be speeded up and fertility higher. Thus, commercial cultivation of these plants could result in helping the pest insects that are also known as the 'one billion dollar bug', to spread even quicker in the fields.

Independence of EFSA’s GMO risk assessment challenged

Complaint filed with the EU Ombudsman
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Munich/ Brussels

Testbiotech, supported by Corporate Observatory Europe (CEO), is today filing a new complaint with the EU Ombudsman questioning the independence of the chair of the panel of experts tasked with assessing the risk of new genetically engineered plants entering the European Union. Harry Kuiper has chaired the GMO Panel at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) since 2003 but has also maintained strong ties with International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) including taking part in a task force led by a Monsanto employee.

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