“Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.”
– Philip Angell, Monsanto’s director of corporate communications (the FDA is the US government’s Food and Drug Administration, responsible for food safety)1

“Ultimately, it is the food producer who is responsible for assuring safety.”
– US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)2

“It is not foreseen that EFSA carry out such [safety] studies as the onus is on the [GM industry] applicant to demonstrate the safety of the GM product in question.”
– European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)3


  1. Pollan M. Playing God in the garden. New York Times Magazine. http://www.nytimes.com/1998/10/25/magazine/playing-god-in-the-garden.html. Published October 25, 1998.
  2. US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Statement of policy: Foods derived from new plant varieties. FDA Fed Regist. 1992;57(104):22984.
  3. European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Frequently asked questions on EFSA GMO risk assessment. 2006. Available at: http://www.cibpt.org/docs/faq-efsa-gmo-risk-assessment.pdf.