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This project aimed to develop methods for the identification of GMO (genetically modified organisms) in raw and processed, unmixed and complex foodstuffs. The project furthermore aimed at ringing six methods and at developing a database to collect information on genetically modified foods, which are commercialised worldwide.

A comprehensive collection of DNA extraction as well as PCR methods for processed and raw foodstuffs consisting of or containing GMO was set. Methods have been made available for all GMO foodstuffs on the European market. The reliability of methods was successfully tested with maize, soybean, salmon and tomato in six ring trials based on the PCR method, two of which comprising quantitative aspects thus exceeding the odds given by contract. Surpassing the initial goal of a disk-distributed version of a database, an internet-suited version was realized. The database includes also part of the input from project's partners. Results have been published in articles, a public proceedings report, posters and at symposia. .

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Authors: ZAGON J, BgVV, Centre for Novel Foods Genetic Engineering, Berlin (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19706 EN (2001), pp. 236. Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from Documentation service DG Research. Fax: +32-2-2958220
ISBN: ISBN 92-894-0504-X
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