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Abstract

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) cannot be marketed within the European Union (EU) as food or food ingredients without following the requirements of the Novel Foods Regulation. In addition to safety evaluation, the regulation also sets the conditions for the labelling of food containing GMO.

Two GMO products (Roundup-Ready soybean and Bt-176 maize) were placed on the EU market before the Novel Foods Regulation came into force. A specific Council Regulation has therefore been approved to deal with the particular labelling requirements for these GMO's. More recently, the so-called "threshold regulation" specifies that foodstuffs must be subject to labelling where material derived from these genetically modified organisms is present in food ingredients in a proportion above 1% of the food ingredients individually considered.

The availability of validated methods for the detection and quantification of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food samples is therefore a key component for the implementation of the European Union's Novel Foods Regulation.

Qualitative methods can be used as an initial screening of food products to investigate whether GMO specific compounds (proteins and/or DNA) are present. Qualitative analysis could thus be performed on products sampled from supermarket shelves or from supplies stored in harbour stockpiles.Exerci

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Authors: ANKLAM E, JRC-Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Food Products and Consumer Goods Unit, Ispra (IT);LIPP M, JRC-Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Food Products and Consumer Goods Unit, Ispra (IT);VAN DEN EEDE G, JRC-Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Food Products and Consumer Goods Unit, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR: 19677 EN (2000) 61pp, Euro: free of charge
Availability: Available from Documentation Service JRC Ispra (IT) Fax: +39-0332-7858182
ISBN: ISBN: N/A
Record Number: 200013074 / Last updated on: 2001-06-12
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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