Implementing National Biosafety Frameworks in the Caribbean Sub-Region Saint Lucia Document Concerning the Safety Assessment for Foods and Animal Feeds Derived from Genetically Modified Insect-Resistant Maize MON810

Title

Implementing National Biosafety Frameworks in the Caribbean Sub-Region Saint Lucia Document Concerning the Safety Assessment for Foods and Animal Feeds Derived from Genetically Modified Insect-Resistant Maize MON810

Description

This introduction serves as an explanation of the purpose and method of preparation of the
following food/feed safety assessment document for insect-resistant maize variety MON810.
The document represents a food/feed safety assessment prepared for a GM crop variety that has
been extensively traded internationally, and for which there is both a long history of safe use in
food and feed and a breadth of regulatory decisions analysing its safety.
The document uses an approach for food/feed safety assessment that is consistent with CODEX
and is based on scientific data that is publicly available and has been thoroughly evaluated by
several countries, including Australia/New Zealand, Canada, the European Union, and the United
States. The focus of the assessment is whether there are any significant differences between the
GM crop variety and conventional varieties of the same crop that would raise significant food
safety concerns. The data that has been reviewed in the preparation of this document pertain to
the three primary concerns outlined in CODEX guidelines: (a) presence of new toxins or elevated
levels of endogenous toxins; (b) presence of new allergens; and (c) nutritional equivalence. Data
addressing these three issues has been included in the assessment document or summarized
as appropriate.
As provided here, this food/feed safety assessment document may be used in support of
regulatory decision making as to MON810. In addition, it may serve as a model in the preparation
of other safety assessment documents concerning GM varieties with a similarly long history of
safe, international use.

Creator

Regional Project for Implementing National Biosafety Frameworks in the Caribbean Sub-region

Contributor

UWI, ICGEB, UN Environment, GEF

Format

PDF

Language

English

Files

Citation

Regional Project for Implementing National Biosafety Frameworks in the Caribbean Sub-region, “Implementing National Biosafety Frameworks in the Caribbean Sub-Region Saint Lucia Document Concerning the Safety Assessment for Foods and Animal Feeds Derived from Genetically Modified Insect-Resistant Maize MON810,” Biodiversity Conference Virtual Kiosk, accessed August 15, 2020, http://virtual-kiosk.cbd.int/items/show/11.