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The Council Regulation (EC) No 1139/98 concerning the labelling of certain foodstuffs produced from genetically modified organism (GMO) indicates that at this stage the presence in foods and food ingredients of protein or deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) resulting from genetic modification constitutes the criterion best complying with the requirements set in the Regulation. Qualitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) methods can be used as an initial screen of food products in order to detect genetically modified organisms. The Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy has completed the validation of PCR as a screening method suitable for the detection of genetically modified organisms in food. Flours (raw material) of soy beans and maize, were taken as matrices for this validation study.

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Authors: ANKLAM E, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: European Conference on Analytical Chemistry, Basel (CH), September 6-11, 1998
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 41577 ORA
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