“International Guidelines Will Promote “Food Safety” of Plant and Animal Biotech Products
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Friday, July 04, 2008) – The Biotechnology Industry Organization congratulates the Codex Alimentarius Commission for approving key guidelines to further promote the safety of products from agricultural plant and animal biotechnology. The Codex Commission took final action today at its 31st session in Geneva, Switzerland.
(These crops and animals have not been proved safe for human consumption. There are no quality nonbiased research studies of any duration that have been done to ensure human health long term .-editor’s notes)
The Codex Alimentarius Commission and its member countries approved
- the Annex on Food Safety Assessment in Situations of Low-Level Presence of Recombinant-DNA Plant Material in Food (LLP Annex),
- the Annex on Food Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Recombinant DNA-Plants Modified for Nutritional or Health Benefits, and
- the Guideline for the Conduct of Food Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Recombinant-DNA Animals.
“BIO and its members applaud the U.S. government and other governments around the world for moving these science-based guidelines to adoption by Codex.
“Adoption of the guidelines for risk assessment of the safety of foods derived from genetically engineered (GE) animals represents a policy breakthrough in the area of animal biotechnology. Codex standards are recognized as international benchmarks and act as models for governments in the establishment of their own food safety policies.(Chock!-editor’s note)
“Approval of the guidelines can now pave the way for the United States and other countries to develop science-based regulatory processes to govern the use of GE animals. GE animals are being developed to advance human and animal health, enhance food production, mitigate environmental impact and provide for high-tech industrial products. (Maybe we should give them sainthood!-editor’s comment)
Codex, which comprises about 165 countries worldwide, is a scientific body that develops the international standards for food safety aimed at protecting public health and promoting fair trade practices.