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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
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Posted On: Wednesday, 10/16/2013 6:44 pm
A: We’re glad you asked these questions and can understand your concern since these issues impact your business and interaction with customers. We have actually just posted information regarding long-term studies, available here: Here are a few excerpts from... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 9/24/2013 10:09 am
A:  Seems like you‘ve grasped the overall summary of oversight in the US pretty well.  Additionally, Steve Savage’s response provides a great summary of the regulation of GMOs: “Working with the broader community of academic and commercial scientists, three US regulatory agencies hammered out a system of shared responsibility for the review of biotech crops. Called the “Coordinated Framework for Regulation of Biotechnology... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 11:07 pm
A: I’m not aware that China has destroyed GM crops for safety reasons, as you imply, but there have been isolated reports of U.S. commodity shipments being reviewed by Chinese authorities for questions about paperwork and approvals. However, this handful of incidents is a very small part of the amount of grain that China imports from the United States (and other countries that grow GM crops) each year. China is the number-one customer for U.S. soybeans, having purchased 791 million bushels in... Continue Reading