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Wei Sheng Yan Jiu. 2005 Mar;34(2):244-8.

[Strategies for safety assessment of genetically modified crops: current and future development].

[Article in Chinese]

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  • 1National Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety, Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing 100050, China.


Gene recombinant technologies supply agriculture product with great vitality. But the risk of genetically modified crops cannot be ignored. The international organizations such as WHO, FAO and OECD have reached common agreement: the safety of transgenic crops should be thoroughly evaluated based on "substantial equivalence"principle. The relevant strategies including: substantial equivalent analysis, toxic tests, protein allergenic study, nutritional assessment, etc. With the development of new technologies, the approaches of genomic, proteomics, metabolomics would be applied to detect the unintended effects. The EU recently adopted legislation on the cultivation GM crops requiring the post market surveillance for any unanticipated adverse effects in the long term. In conclusion, the strategies of the safety assessment of GM crop are very strict and likely development.

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