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Posted On: Tuesday, 2/11/2014 8:35 pm
A: This is one of the most common questions submitted to GMO Answers. Cathleen Enright, executive director for the Council for Biotechnology Information, answered a similar question about labeling. Here is an excerpt: “As believers in GM technology, and having seen the benefits nurture farmers and society alike, we are proud—in fact, you’ll see many of our accomplishments under ‘GMOs and the Future of Agriculture’: And you’ll find no excuses here—just our... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 4:44 pm
A: Thank you for your question. Alan McHughen, CE biotechnology specialist and geneticist, discussed the safety of inserted genes in a recent article. An excerpt is below: “…To ensure the inserted gene does what it is supposed to, various molecular, chemical and biological tests are conducted on the GM plant, animal or microbe to check that the inserted DNA sequence is intact and the expressed protein is functional before the GMO is commercialized.  They are also extensively tested for... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Monday, 8/05/2013 10:48 am
A: Within the context of biotech crops, adventitious presence or AP occurs when trace amounts of an agricultural biotech product that has not been approved for commercial use (e.g., research events, field trial escapes) by any competent government authority, but is found in the commercial crop or food supply despite best agricultural and manufacturing practices.  In the context of agricultural biotechnology, a similar concept of low level presence or LLP is defined as the unintentional, low... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Wednesday, 12/11/2013 10:16 am
A: Earlier this month, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) completed a full risk assessment on aspartame and concluded that aspartame and its breakdown products are safe for human consumption at current levels of exposure. To carry out this assessment, EFSA reviewed all available scientific research on aspartame, including both animal and human studies. More information about the assessment can be found here: According to the EFSA’s... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 8/06/2013 8:44 am
A: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information, recently answered a similar question. The original response can be found here, and an excerpt is included below: I’m aware of only one country, Kenya, with a ban in place on GMO food imports. The decision came about in November 2012, apparently during a cabinet meeting, that circumvented the existing Kenyan Biosafety Act and the National Biosafety Authority, the regulatory agency established to regulate the... Continue Reading