Food Safety and Zoonoses

Safety assessment of foods derived from recombinant-DNA animals

Report of the FAO/WHO expert consultation, , 26 February - 2 March 2007, Geneva

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) convened a joint expert consultation on the safety assessment of food derived from biotechnology 26 February - 2 March 2007, WHO headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland. The aim of the Consultation was to provide scientific advice and information on issues related to the conducting of food safety assessment of foods derived from recombinant-DNA animals.

While recognizing the useful outcome of the FAO/WHO expert consultation on the safety assessment of foods derived from genetically modified animals including Fish, which was convened in November 2003, the 2007 Consultation addressed in more depth those issues which are directly related to the work that is being or will be undertaken by the Codex Ad Hoc Task Force on Foods Derived from Biotechnology (TFFBT).

At its Fifth Session, the TFFBT agreed to start new work which was approved by the 29th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, to elaborate a “Guideline for the Conduct of Food Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Recombinant-DNA Animals.”

The Codex Task Force, at its 6th Session held on 27 November - 1 December 2006, discussed the "Proposed Draft Guideline for the Conduct of Food Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Recombinant-DNA Animals" and agreed to ask FAO and WHO for scientific advice on two sets of questions on:

  • Marker and Reporter Genes; and
  • Non-heritable Applications.
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