Food safety

Release of genetically modified organisms in the environment: is it a health hazard?


Publication details

Number of pages: 39
Publication date: 2000
Languages: English


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.