Country information about GM food safety assessment
The food control service at the ministry of Health is the regulatory agency responsible for the development of food standards and regulations dealing with foods sold in Israel, including novel foods. That responsibility includes establishing regulations, standards and policies governing the safety, nutritional quality, labelling policies of foods and handles all inspection and enforcement duties. The ministry of Agriculture has responsibility for the regulation of seeds, veterinary biologics, fertilizers and livestock feeds. The ministry of Agriculture is responsible for the regulations and guidelines dealing with cultivating plants with novel traits and dealing with livestock feeds and for conducting the respective safety assessments, whereas the ministry Health is responsible for the regulations and guidelines pertaining to novel foods and for conducting safety assessments of novel foods including foods derived from r-DNA plants (post-harvest). The novel food regulations that deal with foods produced using Gene Technology are about to be published in the next few months. According to the novel food regulations only the GMOs listed in the approved GMO list can legally enter the food supply. Manufacturers or importers are required under these regulations to submit an application for the approval of novel food including GMO, which is not listed in the approved list, to the novel food commission in the food control service. The novel food commission assesses the safety of the novel food on a case-by-case basis. The assessment process must be completed within a timeframe of 6-12 months depending on the complexity of the application. The safety criteria for the assessment of novel foods outlined in the current procedure document were derived from internationally established scientific principles and guidelines developed through the work of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Health Organization (WHO) and the Codex Alimentarius Commission.
Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment