Food safety

Seventh session of the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods Derived from Biotechnology, Chiba, Japan, 24-28 September 2007

Summary and Conclusions (taken from the report)

Matters for Adoption by the Commission

The Task Force agreed to forward to the 31st Session of the Commission for adoption at Step 5/8:

  • Proposed Draft Guideline for the Conduct of Food Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Recombinant-DNA Animals (para. 33 and Appendix II);
  • Proposed Draft Annex: Food Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Recombinant-DNA Plants Modified for Nutritional or Health Benefits (paras 73 and Appendix III); and
  • Proposed Draft Annex: Food Safety Assessment in Situations of Low-level Presence of Recombinant-DNA Plant Material in Food (para. 106 and Appendix IV).

Matters Referred to Codex Committees and Task Forces

Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS)

  • The Task Force noted that that the work underway in the CCMAS on the detection and identification of foods derived from biotechnology was complementary to the work of the Task Force and agreed to encourage this committee to proceed with its work with urgency (para. 8).

Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU)

  • Recognizing that the proposed draft annex contained references to certain concepts related to nutrition, the Task Force agreed to invite the 29th Session of the CCNFSDU to review the document and provide comments if necessary. In this regard, the Task Force noted the priority this work should be given by the CCNFSDU, given the time constraints of the Task Force (para. 74).

Other Matters

The Task Force:

  • welcomed the recommendations from the 2007 FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on the Safety of Foods Derived from Recombinant-DNA Animals, especially those addressed to FAO, WHO and OIE, with the understanding that these agencies would further discuss priorities and concrete modalities for conducting joint activities (para. 16; and
  • agreed to request FAO to provide update on the database for data and information sharing at the 31st Session of the Commission (para. 106).