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Approval of Bt maize 1507 should be withheld

EFSA acting irresponsibly says Testbiotech
Thursday, 22 April 2010

A recent Testbiotech report showed that the risks associated with Bt maize 1507, which is about to be authorised for cultivation in the EU, were incorrectly assessed by the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority). Despite the fact that this type of maize has an an extremely high concentration of insecticide in its pollen the EFSA did not request any investigations be carried out on butterflies or other prevalent insects in Europe.

Testbiotech challenges patent on human egg cells

Merck Serono company even filed patents on transplantation of human organs and embryos
Wednesday, 14 April 2010

German based NGO Testbiotech has filed an opposition against a patent held by the Merck Serono company at the European Patent Office in Munich, Germany. Patent EP 1794287 covers a process for the production and use of human oocytes (egg cells). This claim is considered as being in conflict with European Patent law, which excludes patents on the human body at the various stages of its development.

Genetically engineered corn causes new plant pest

Testbiotech warns that fields will turn into battlefields
Thursday, 25 March 2010
Munich / Bremen

Large-scale cultivation of genetically engineered corn is causing the spread of a new pest in the US Corn Belt. The western bean cutworm infests the tips of the corncobs. Massive damage is being reported from those regions where the corn MON810 (sold as YieldGard by company of Monsanto) is grown on large scale.

EFSA's revolving door to biotech industry unacceptable

NGOs file complaints to EU Ombudsman and Commission
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Munich / Strassbourg

The Germany-based NGO Testbiotech has today filed an official complaint with the European Ombudsman against EFSA, the EU's food safety agency. The complaint targets EFSA's decision to allow Suzy Renckens, head of EFSA's GMO Unit, to become a lobbyist for biotech giant Syngenta, without any 'cooling off' period or other restrictions. Ms Renckens move to become a leading lobbyist for one of the major biotech companies in Europe implies an obvious conflict of interest.


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