GM Food and Feed Safety Assessment Workshop

    July 19, 2023
    8:45 am - 12:30 pm
    Courtyard by Marriott Taipei
    Taipei, Taiwan

Bhavneet Bajaj, Ph.D., PMP
Manager, Scientific Programs Agriculture & Food Systems Institute (AFSI)
Andrew Roberts, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer Agriculture & Food Systems Institute (AFSI)

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the Food Industry Research & Development Institute (FIRDI), U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), and U.S. Grains Council (USGC) hosted a workshop in Taipei on July 19, 2023 to share and exchange regulatory perspectives on the safety assessment of genetically modified (GM) crops for food and feed. Participants included government officials in the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA), Council of Agriculture (COA), and others in the public sector who are involved in GM crop management. Members of the GM Food Advisory Committee, GM Food Safety Committee of the TFDA, and GM Feed Safety Committee of the COA were also invited.

At the workshop, Dr. Bhavneet Bajaj delivered a keynote titled “Overview of Food and Feed Safety Assessment for GM Crops.” The title of Dr. Andrew Robert’s presentation was “All Roads to Rome: Understanding the Variety of National Regulatory Mechanisms for GMOs.”


8:45 am


Dr. Ming-Ju Chen (host)
Professor, National Taiwan University

9:00 am

Opening Remarks

9:10 am

Overview of Food and Feed Safety Assessment for GM Crops

Dr. Bhavneet Bajaj (virtual)
Scientific Program Manager, Agriculture & Food Systems Institute

9:50 am

Food & Feed Safety Assessment for GM Crops: US FDA Experience and Perspectives

Dr. Jianmei Zhu (virtual)
Regulatory Review Scientist, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

10:30 am


10:50 am

The Toxicological Assessment of GM Crops and Newly Expressed Proteins

Dr. Andrew Bartholomaeus
Adjunct Professor, University of Queensland and Former General Manager, Risk Assessment Branch, Food Standards Australia New Zealand

11:30 am

All Roads to Rome: Understanding the Variety of National Regulatory Mechanisms for GMOs

Dr. Andrew Roberts (virtual)
Chief Executive Officer, Agriculture & Food Systems Institute

12:00 pm

Wrap up

12:30 pm

Adjourn & Lunch