Release of genetically modified organisms in the environment: is it a health hazard?
In June 2000 the First Joint FAO/WHO Consultation on Foods Derived from Biotechnology was held in Geneva. It addressed the overall safety aspects of foods derived from genetically modified plants and focused on the applicability of substantial equivalence as a general guidance for scientific risk assessment. Conclusions and recommendations of this consultation are attached in Annex 4. “Environmental safety” of Genetically Modified Plants (GMPs) and socioeconomic issues were not included in the scope of the consultations.