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Trends Biotechnol. 2009 May;27(5):277-86. doi: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2009.01.005. Epub 2009 Mar 25.

Facts and fiction of genetically engineered food.

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National Institute of Health, Av. Padre Cruz, 1649-016 Lisboa, Portugal.


The generation of genetically engineered (GE) foods has been raising several concerns and controversies that divide not only the general public but also the scientific community. The fear and importance of the new technology, as well as commercial interests, have supported many of the ongoing discussions. The recent increase in the number of GE foods approved for import into the European Union and the increasingly global commercial food trades justify revisiting the facts and fiction surrounding this technology with the aim of increasing public awareness for well-informed decisions. Techniques that have recently become available for assessing food quality and its impact on human health, as well as the wealth of scientific data previously generated, clearly support the safety of commercialized GE products.

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