Experts agree global safety rules for GM foods

UN task force backs safety assessments for all biotech foods, product tracing

All foods made using biotechnology should be subject to pre-marketing safety assessments and nations should be free to use tracing systems as part of their risk management procedures for such products, a UN task force on foods derived from biotechnology has concluded.

The group's draft principles on the risk analysis and management of biotech foods mark a significant step forward in the global management of genetically modified (GM) foods and appear to vindicate, at least partially, the EU's insistence on introducing a system to enable tracing GM foods (EED 26/07/01).

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