An August 7, 2013, Slate article by Genetic Literacy Project Executive Director Jon Entine has criticized a recent magazine story allegedly linking eosinophilic disorder—“a multisystemic condition in which white blood cells overproduce in response to allergens”—to genetically modified (GM) corn, calling out Elle writer Caitlin Shetterly for stoking “conspiratorial fears that the government is covering up evidence that GMO foods can damage the public health.” According to Entine, the article in question “was particularly appalling” insofar as it failed to produce any evidence or tests to confirm the “unusual diagnosis” that GMO foods caused Shetterly’s autoimmune disorder. Instead, Entine argues, Shetterly relied on a “journalistic trick… to frame a settled issue in the scientific community as a mystery or a controversy.”

“There has not been one study that links the genetically engineered corn or any approved genetically modified food on the market to allergies,” University of California, Davis, plant geneticist Pamela Ronald told Entine. “The author, and apparently this doctor, is under the mistaken belief that the process of genetic modification can in itself create unique allergens that are not otherwise found in nature or are not easily identified and evaluated. That’s just not accurate.”