The temporary ban on Monsanto’s genetically modified glyphosate-tolerant corn NK603 was lifted by Russia. The country had originally banned NK603 after a French study liked glyphosate and NK603 to cancer in rats.
The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) eventually rejected the study’s findings, saying there was no specific scientific evidence that the products posed a health risk to humans, animals or the environment.
Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare conducted its own safety assessment of NK603 and concluded that there were no adverse effects on humans.
NK603 is registered for use in the diet of 17 countries including the United States, China, Brazil, Japan, Argentina, Canada and parts of the European Union.