Objective

While the majority of governments design safety assessments of genetically engineered (GE) foods around the Codex Alimentarius’ principles and guidelines, there remain significant differences in the practical application of the Codex and other international guidance. This adds complexity, time, and cost to the regulatory process, further exacerbates asynchronous authorizations, and stands in the way of achieving regional or sub-regional regulatory cooperation. The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s efforts focus primarily on technical training of regulators and public sector scientists who are called upon to inform risk assessments on behalf of institutional or national biosafety committees. This includes training around concepts and principles of GE food safety assessment and, where necessary, turning this into experiential understanding.

Collaborators & Partners

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, CropLife China, China Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Chinese Society of Agricultural Biotechnology, Chinese National Institute for Nutrition and Health, and Estel Consult Ltd.

Current Work

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute is engaged in outreach and capacity building on GE food safety assessment in China, in collaboration with ILSI Focal Point in China, CropLife China, and other Chinese academic and government stakeholders. An initial workshop was convened in 2016, with presentations on the GE food safety assessment paradigm, regulation of biotechnology in China, and considerations for new agricultural biotechnologies. A follow-up workshop was organized by the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute in May 2017, together with ILSI Focal Point in China, the National Institute for Nutrition and Health at China CDC, and the Chinese Society of Agricultural Biotechnology.

Supported by a grant from the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service and in collaboration with ILSI Focal Point in China, the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute is organizing a food safety training program that focuses on providing practical instruction in the technical aspects of food safety testing and evaluation for foods derived from GE plants. The first phase of the program involves classroom and case study training near Beijing, while the second phase will be conducted at a research center in the United States, where participants will be able to observe studies being conducted in laboratory facilities to improve practical understanding of just how and why these studies are carried out.

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Global Food Security Symposium 2015: Healthy Food for a Healthy World: Leveraging Agriculture and Food to Improve Global Nutrition

While global hunger has decreased, many people worldwide lack access to healthy and affordable food: two billion people are deficient in key micronutrients and more than 1.4 billion are overweight, putting them at higher risk for chronic diseases.

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Workshop on the Safety Assessment of Food Derived from Genetically Engineered Plants

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute collaborated with DuPont Pioneer, Biotech Consortium India Limited and Estel Consult Ltd. to create a two phased workshop focused on the safety assessment of foods derived from genetically engineered plants. Phase I was held in New Delhi, India from May 19-23. Phase II was held at DuPont’s Stine Haskell Research Center in Newark, Delaware, USA from September 15-19.

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eLearning

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute has developed eLearning courses that focus on environmental risk assessment.

A Review of the Food and Feed Safety of the EPSPS Protein

This document provides a comprehensive review of information and data relevant to the assessment of the EPSPS protein for food and feed safety.

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A Review of the Food and Feed Safety of the Cry1Ab Protein

This document provides a comprehensive review of information and data relevant to the assessment of the protein Cry1Ab for food and feed safety.

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A Review of the Food and Feed Safety of the Cry1Ac Protein

This document provides a comprehensive review of information and data relevant to the assessment of the protein Cry1Ac for food and feed safety.

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A Review of the Food and Feed Safety of the PAT Protein

This document provides a comprehensive review of information and data relevant to the assessment of the protein PAT for food and feed safety.

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Release of the International Life Sciences Institute Crop Composition Database Version 5

The International Life Sciences Institute Crop Composition Database (CCDB) Version 5 was released to the public in October 2014, and is an open-access source of comprehensive nutritional composition data for six conventionally bred crops (canola, cotton, field corn, rice, soybean, and sweet corn). This article focuses on the improvements to the database through Version 5, including increased utility and ease of use that provides a high quality representation of variability in crop nutritional composition.  

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