Objective

Food safety is recognized as a universal public health concern. Enormous economic and human resources are invested globally to ensure that there is a safe food supply. However, most of these resources are focused on improving food safety through the reduction of harm from chemical and microbial contaminants present in foods, rather than on the safety of the foods themselves. The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute addresses this challenge by providing information resources and capacity building activities for scientists, regulators, and the public, focusing particularly on the safety assessment of foods and feeds derived from GE plants.

Collaborators & Partners

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, CropLife International, 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 Activity

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute's concluded projects in the area of food and feed safety assessment include:

GE Food Safety Capacity Building

Understanding the need for technical capacity building for food safety assessment, the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute shares its knowledge and scientific expertise by facilitating regional workshops and developing and disseminating reference materials.

Crop Composition Database (CCDB)

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s CCDB is a curated, open resource that provides data on the natural variability in the nutritional composition (e.g., nutrients, anti-nutrients, and secondary metabolites) of key crop species.

Past Work

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute's concluded projects in the area of food and feed safety assessment include:

Resources

Newsletters

Find out about the work we are doing by reading our monthly newsletter.

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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