Food Safety Section

aboutfoodThe food safety section of the ABNE website will provide scientific information on various aspects of safety of foods derived from genetically engineered crops. The information in this section is grounded on the CODEX guidelines developed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization to guide safety assessment of genetically modified (GM) foods. Additional information is obtained from other internationally recognized bodies like the International Life Science Institute, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and peer reviewed literature among other credible sources. The food safety section is designed to provide regulators with basic information on safety issues associated with genetically modified foods and how these foods are scientifically assessed to determine that they are safe for consumption. The section highlights potential safety issues associated with GM foods; the assessment guidelines used to evaluate the safety of these foods; the testing procedures employed to carry out safety assessment; and interpretation of the kind of data typically generated from the safety assessment of foods derived from genetically modified crops. This section will also include examples of decision making reports and their respective supporting documents compiled by competent regulatory bodies around the world. These documents will contain summary reports of decisions taken after evaluating food safety data provided by biotech product developers seeking approval for general release of GM crops into these countries. We hope that this kind of information will familiarize African regulators with food safety evaluation processes utilized in other countries and how the decisions made in these more experienced regulatory agencies are developed and communicated to the relevant authority. Allan B. Liavoga, Ph.D. Food Safety Program Officer African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE) African Union/NEPAD Biosciences Initiative O6 BP 9884 Ouagadougou 06 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.