UN guidelines on biotech food safety issued

An international agreement on how to assess the risk to consumers of genetically modified (GM) foods has been adopted by the UN Codex alimentarius commission, one year after negotiations on its principles reached a successful conclusion (EED 12/03/02). The guidelines, which concern primarily food safety, include pre-market evaluations, product tracing and post-market monitoring. All of the Codex's 169 member countries should now apply uniform standards in assessing and managing the risks associated with foods derived from biotechnology. See Codex alimentarius, and press release.

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