GM food safety assessment:

tools for trainers
13/08/2009While FAO recognizes that genetic engineering has the potential to help increase production and productivity in agriculture, forestry and fisheries, FAO is also mindful of concerns about the potential risks posed by certain aspects of modern biotechnology for human and animal health for the environment.   The Food Quality and Standards Service (AGNS) of FAO has developed a training package entitled "GM Food Safety Assessment: Tools for Trainers" which is composed of three parts, and is accompanied by a CD-ROM containing the visual aids and other relevant reference materials. The first part, Principles of safety assessment of foods derived from recombinant-DNA plants, provides guidance for the implementation of an effective framework for safety assessment of foods derived from recombinant-DNA plants. The second part, Tools and techniques for trainers, offers a practical guide for preparing and delivering a workshop on the topic of safety assessment of foods derived from recombinant-DNA plants. This section contains various checklists and forms, a sample workshop agenda, sample workshop evaluation sheet, and five useful presentation modules for trainers. All forms, presentations and copies of the relevant Codex Alimentarius documents are included in the CD-ROM in electronic format. The third part, Case studies, presents three safety assessment dossiers that have been summarized for training purposes. After the completion of training based on this tool, recipients will be able to plan and deliver GM food safety assessment training for food safety authorities, regulators and scientists as part of their own national training programmes. The tool is now in print and will be available with the ISBN number 978-92-5-105978-4. For more information about the activities related to safety assessment of GM foods, see http://www.fao.org/ag/agn/agns/biotechnology_en.asp. Contact:Masami TakeuchiFAO Food Quality and Standards Service (AGNS)food-quality@fao.org or Masami.Takeuchi@fao.orghttp://www.fao.org/ag/agn/agns/(+39) 06 570 53076