Title: On the Coherence Between Legal Requirements and Approaches for Detection of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and Derived Products
Authors: VAN DEN EEDE GUYHOLST-JENSEN ArneDE LOOSE Marc
Citation: JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD CHEMISTRY vol. 54 no. 8 p. 2799-2809
Publisher: AMER CHEMICAL SOC
Publication Year: 2006
JRC N°: JRC31553
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC31553
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: Analytical methods for detection and quantification of genetically modified (GM) products may serve multiple purposes. Legal requirements differ among jurisdictions, ranging from none (optional) to mandatory use of event specific quantitation and implementation of production chain traceability. Although efforts have been taken to harmonise the analytical methodology at national, regional and international levels, no normative international standards have yet been established. Lack of coherence between analytical methodologies and their applicabilities on the one hand, and legislation on the other hand is a major problem, and key points where coherence is lacking are discussed. These include the definition of units of measurements, expression of GM material quantities, terminology, and inconsistent legal status of products derived from related but slightly different transformation routes. Finally, recommendations to improve the coherence are brought forward, including guidance to stakeholders for prediction of product specific GM material quantities from gene ratios in seed.
JRC Institute:Institute for Health and Consumer Protection

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