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Abstract

This report covers possible sampling strategies for three scenarios of GMO detection and/or quantification:

- Screening of large grain shipments.
- Screening of primary (pure) ingredients.
- Screening and quantification of specific (GM) ingredients in final food products.

The current legislative background is summarised, and a set of definitions listed which are used in the most important standards (e.g. ISO). For the sampling of raw materials, ISO standards are proposed as the most appropriate available approaches, even though the possible limitation of their suitability is not yet quantified. For primary (i.e. pure) ingredients and final food products, industrial quality control practice of batch acceptance/rejection would seem ideally suited to the sampling problem presented. Nevertheless, this approach contrasts with the current practice of focusing on individual units for testing. Again, ISO standards provide a comprehensive set of guidelines for implementing a more systematic sampling approach.

Additional information

Authors: KAY S, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Food Products Unit, Ispra (IT);PAOLETTI C, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Food Products Unit, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20239 EN (2002), pp.16. Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail: jrc-publications-office@ec.europa.eu
Record Number: 200214752 / Last updated on: 2002-05-22
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en