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The European Union has implemented a set of very strict procedures for the approval to utilize genetically modified organisms as food or food ingredients. In addition, the European Union assures that the European consumers right are guaranteed by fully information. Validated analytical methods are necessary in order to show compliance with labelling concerning conventionally produced food for food containing genetically modified organisms. Methods to be used in arbitration should be collaboratively tested according to standardization protocols. The marker components being used as criterion for labelling are the genetically modified DNA and/or proteins. A qualitative method based on the detection of DNA by applying the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method and a protein-based method (ELiza) have been recently vaidated on a European level in a collaborative trial study. Further validated methods regarding the detection in processed food products and the quantification of genetically modified organisms in food are necessary.

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Authors: ANKLAM E, IHCP-Food Products JO2, Ispra (IT);LIPP M, IHCP-Food Products JO2, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Metodi per l'identificazione di alimenti geneticamente modificati (OGM), Milan (IT), January 27th, 1999
Availability: Available from DG XIII as Paper EN 42075 ORA
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