Results of a 90-day safety assurance study with rats fed grain from corn borer-protected corn

Food Chem Toxicol. 2006 Jul;44(7):1092-9. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2006.01.003. Epub 2006 Feb 17.


The results of a 90-day rat feeding study with grain from MON 810 corn (YieldGard Cornborer -- YieldGard Cornborer is a registered trademark of Monsanto Technology, LLC) that is protected against feeding damage from corn and stalk boring lepidopteran insects are presented. Corn borer protection was accomplished through the introduction of cry1Ab coding sequences into the corn genome for in planta production of a bioactive form of Cry1Ab protein. Grain from MON 810 and its near-isogenic control was separately formulated into rodent diets at levels of 11% and 33% (w/w) by Purina Mills, Inc. (PMI). All diets were nutritionally balanced and conformed to PMI specifications for Certified LabDiet (PMI Certified LabDiet 5002 is a registered trademark of Purina Mills, Inc.) 5002. There were a total of 400 rats in the study divided into 10 groups of 20 rats/sex/group. The responses of rats fed diets containing MON 810 were compared to those of rats fed grain from conventional corn varieties. Overall health, body weight, food consumption, clinical pathology parameters (hematology, blood chemistry, urinalysis), organ weights, and gross and microscopic appearance of tissues were comparable between groups fed diets containing MON 810 and conventional corn varieties. This study complements extensive agronomic, compositional and farm animal feeding studies with MON 810 grain, confirming that it is as safe and nutritious as grain from existing commercial corn varieties.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blood Cell Count
  • Blood Chemical Analysis
  • Body Weight / drug effects
  • Diet
  • Eating / drug effects
  • Female
  • Insect Control
  • Male
  • Organ Size / drug effects
  • Plants, Genetically Modified / toxicity*
  • Rats
  • Sex Characteristics
  • Zea mays / toxicity*