Russia has suspended the import of Monsanto Co.‘s genetically modified NK 603 corn after a French study raised concerns that the product might have adverse long-term effects on rats, according to reports.
The suspension was requested by consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, which asked scientists at Russia’s Institute of Nutrition to review the study. However, the safety of NK 603 is “well established,” said spokesman Tom Helscher. “Russia is a net exporter of grain so the actual impact of their temporary suspension, if any, is likely to be small,” he said. Russia has also asked the European Commission to comment on the situation, and France has asked its national food-security agency to examine the study.