The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, in collaboration with ILSI Focal Point in China, conducted the first phase of our Technical Training Program on Safety Assessment of Foods and Feeds Derived from Genetically Engineered (GE) Plants on March 5-7, 2019 in Langfang, China. Aimed at providing Chinese public-sector scientists with in-depth information about the purpose, design, and conduct of studies used to inform safety assessments of foods and feeds derived from GE crops, Phase I of the program established a baseline understanding of the food safety assessment paradigm, toxicity and allergenicity testing, compositional assessment, and animal testing.

Phase II of the technical training, comprised of laboratory tours and demonstrations of how tests are managed and conducted, as well as how data are collected and interpreted, took place on July 17-21, 2019 in Washington, DC and Ashland, OH, USA. The training included a review of the concepts from Phase I, with an additional focus on critical reading and a review of study reports.

Participants were asked to complete the eLearning module “Application of Problem Formulation for Food and Feed Safety Assessment” in advance of the Phase II workshop.


Day 1

Agriculture & Food Systems Institute · Washington, DC
Monday, June 17, 2019 · 09:30-16:30

Welcome, Introduction, and Overview of the Workshop
Dr. Bhavneet Bajaj, Agriculture & Food Systems Institute

Recap of Phase I: Basic Concepts in the Safety Assessment of Novel Foods and Feeds, Problem Formulation Methodology, and Guidelines and Methods
Dr. Mònica García-Alonso, Estel Consult, Ltd.

Review of eLearning Modules
Dr. Mònica García-Alonso, Estel Consult, Ltd.

FDA Regulation of Food from New Plant Varieties: An Overview
Dr. Patrick Cournoyer, US Food & Drug Administration

EPA Regulation of Plant-Incorporated Protectants
Dr. Chris A. Wozniak, US Environmental Protection Agency

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Photos from the Workshop

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