GM tumour study was food industry mag’s “biggest ever story”

The editor of food industry weekly The Grocer says that its coverage of the recent French GM tumour study was its “biggest story ever”.

The peer-reviewed study, carried out by scientists at the University of Caen, showed that rats fed a lifelong diet of GM maize developed tumours and suffered multiple organ failure.

In an editorial, the editor of The Grocer, Adam Leyland, said response to the story had been “overwhelming” – in terms of web traffic it’s far and away our biggest story ever”.

Leyland said around 11,000 people had recommended the story via Facebook – “unheard of figures for a trade title” – and hundreds more had tweeted it to friends and followers via Twitter.