Biotechnology and Food Safety

FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Genetically Modified Animals including Fish (2003)

This expert consultation is continuing the work of FAO and WHO on the safety assessment of genetically modified foods and is focussing on GM animals, in particular fish, and the foods derived therefrom. It will most likely take place at FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy, 17 - 21 November 2003.

The main purpose of this expert consultation is to provide advice to FAO/WHO and their Member countries on the safety assessment of foods derived from GM animals, including fish, and to discuss other potential risks associated with these foods. The Consultation is expected to give particular emphasis to the food safety assessment of GM fish, including their toxicological and nutritional evaluation and the application of the concept of substantial equivalence. It will also address specific safety issues originating from GM fish. Environmental and ethical issues related to the production of GM animals/fish will also be discussed.

A report will be issued at the conclusion of the Consultation summarising the main outcome and recommendations for future work in this field. The report and the working papers will be made availabe on the web as soon as they are available.

General background and information papers

General background document: Animal biotechnology: State of the Art, Risks and Perspectives

Working papers

Topic 1: Overview of the state of the art related to GM animals, excluding fish

Topic 2: Overview of the state of the art related to GM fish

Topic 3: Hazards associated with the transgenesis methods used in the production of GM animals/fish

Topic 4: Food safety risk assessment of GM animals/fish, including nutritional considerations.

Topic 5: Environmental issues surrounding the GM animals/Fish production.

Topic 6: Ethical issues surrounding the GM animals/Fish production.

 

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