• Head of department moves from European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to biotech company within two months

    Authorities react only after Testbiotech disclosures

    The former head of the GMO-panel at the European Food Safety Authority EFSA, Suzy Renckens, has moved directly into the genetic engineering industry without any objections or restrictions being imposed by the authority. This was revealed in documents sent by the EFSA upon request to the group of experts at Testbiotech, Germany. The move to…


  • Approval procedure for genetically engineered maize LY038 stopped for safety reasons?

    Monsanto and Cargill withdraw joint application after EFSA concerns

    The company of Renessen (a Monsanto and Cargill international joint venture) withdrew its application for market authorisation of the genetically engineered maize LY038. The decision was taken in April 2009, but was made public just recently by several stakeholders. According to documents received by Testbiotech e. V., the European Food Safety Authority, EFSA, raised safety…


  • European Patent Office grants patent on the use of human egg cells

    Testbiotech sees clash with ethical boundaries

    In July 2009 the European Patent Office granted the Swiss company Merck Serono a patent on the ripening process of human egg cells including their use in in vitro fertilisation treatment. Once the patent was granted Merck Serono not only had a monopoly on the egg ripening process but also exclusive rights on the usage…


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