Food safety

Codex ad hoc intergovernmental Task Force on foods derived from biotechnology

Fifth session, Chiba, Japan, 19-23 September 2005

Summary and conclusions

(taken from the report)

Matters for consideration by the Codex Alimentarius Commission

Approval of new work

The Task Force agreed, subject to the approval by the 29th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, to initiate new work on the elaboration of the following texts:

  • A guideline for the conduct of food safety assessment of foods derived from recombinant-DNA animals (paras. 19 and 23);
  • An annex to the Codex Guideline for the Conduct of Food Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Recombinant-DNA Plants (CAC/GL 45-2003) regarding food safety assessment of foods derived from recombinant-DNA plants modified for nutritional or health benefits (paras. 32 and 36).

Other matters of interest to Commission

The Task Force decided to establish the following two Working Groups:

  • A physical Working Group to prepare a Proposed Draft Guideline for the Conduct of Food Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Recombinant-DNA Animals, co-chaired by Australia and Japan (para. 25).
  • An electronic working group led by Canada to formulate a Proposed Draft Annex (scoping document) to the Guideline for the Conduct of Food Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Recombinant-DNA Plants: Food Safety Assessment of Food Derived from Recombinant-DNA Plants Modified for Nutritional or Health Benefits (para. 37).

The Task Force agreed whether or not further scientific advice was needed regarding the Proposed Draft Guideline for recombinant-DNA animals would be considered during the elaboration of the draft guideline. In this context, the Task Force agreed on the initial list of questions for which scientific advice might be sought from an FAO/WHO expert consultation at a later stage (para. 27).

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