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.

Safety Assessment of Foods and Feeds Derived from Genetically Engineered Plants

Supported by a grant from the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and organized in collaboration with the Indonesian National Agency of Drug and Food Control (BPOM) and the Indonesian Center for Agricultural Biotechnology and Genetic Resources Research and Development (ICABIOGRAD), this online training course for Indonesian regulators consists of ten modules on the topic of GE food and feed safety assessment.

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Microbial Biotechnology for Novel Foods Webinar Series

Supported by a grant from the New Technologies and Production Methods Division at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Trade Policy and Geographic Affairs (TPGA) area, the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute organized this webinar series to discuss the history and opportunities of microbial biotechnology for novel foods.

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OECD Working Group on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds (WG-SNFF)

The OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds (WG-SNFF), for which the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute is a recognized observer organization, works on technical issues related to the food safety of novel foods and feeds, including the products of agricultural biotechnology.

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OECD Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology (WG-HROB)

The OECD Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology (WG-HROB), for which the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute is a recognized observer organization, works on technical issues related to the environmental risk/safety assessment of organisms that are produced through modern biotechnology.

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Scientific Symposium: Addressing Water Variability and Scarcity – The Role of Agricultural Research

This year’s Agriculture & Food Systems Institute Annual Scientific Symposium, co-organized with the Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), focused on the role of agricultural research in addressing water variability and scarcity.

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eLearning

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

A Look at Product Development with Genetically Modified Crops: Examples from Maize

Plant breeding for crop genetic improvement involves the cycle of creating genetic diversity and exploiting that diversity to derive an improved cultivar with outstanding performance for specific traits of interest. This article contains proceedings from the 2012 IFBiC Plant Compositional Analysis Workshop.

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Mineral Biofortification Strategies for Food Staples: The Example of Common Bean

Proceedings from the 2012 IFBiC Plant Compositional Analysis Workshop, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (Blair et al. 2013;61(35):8287-8294).

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Evaluating the Potential for Adverse Interactions Within Genetically Engineered Breeding Stacks

This article, published in Plant Physiology, discusses evaluation of the potential for interactions between the products of the events in a GE stack that impact food and feed safety in the context of conventional breeding of non-GE plants (Task Force #9).

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Traditional and Modern Plant Breeding Methods With Examples in Rice (Oryza sativa L.).

Proceedings from the 2012 IFBiC Plant Compositional Analysis Workshop, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (Breseghello et al. 2013;61(35):8277–8286) (Task Force #12).

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Safety of GM Crops: Compositional Analysis

Proceedings from the 2012 IFBiC Plant Compositional Analysis Workshop, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (Brune et al. 2013;61(35):8243-8247) (Task Force #12).

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