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New methodologies for assessing the potential of unintended effects in genetically modified food crops.

Objective

Market introduction of genetically modified (GM) food crops in Europe has given rise to broad public concern, which of a great deal is based on uncertainties related to safety for humans, animals and environment. One of the key issues in safety evaluation of GM plants is whether unexpected or unintended changes may have taken place in the organism due to genetic modification, that could affect its safety or nutritional status. It is recognised that adequate and effective methods to detect the sources of possible unintended effects do not exist, partly because little knowledge is available on the nature of genes involved in synthesis of natural toxins. The overall objective is to develop new methodology to assess risks from this possible food borne hazard. Emphasis is placed on the exploitation of innovative cell factory technologies (I.E. genomics, proteomics, metabolite profiling) to identify and/or eliminate potential hazardous metabolic perturbations in whole complex GM crop plants at the earliest step in the food chain. This will establish an improved and transparent risk assessment strategy for GM plants, reduces animal testing and will reassure consumers confidence in the supply of safe and nutritious novel foods

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

N/A

Participants (9)

COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE
France
Address
Rue De La Federation 31-33
75015 Paris
DANISH VETERINARY AND FOOD ADMINISTRATION
Denmark
Address
Moerkhoej Bygade 19
2860 Soeborg
INSTITUTE OF FOOD RESEARCH
United Kingdom
Address
Norwich Research Park, Colney
Norwich
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
France
Address
147 Rue De L'université
75341 Paris
ROYAL HOLLOWAY AND BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE
United Kingdom
Address
Egham Hill
TW20 0EX Egham, Surrey
Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI)
United Kingdom
Address
Invergowrie
DD2 5DA Dundee
UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
Wien
UNIVERSITY OF KUOPIO
Finland
Address
Savilahdentie 9
1627 Kuopio
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium
Address
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Bruxelles