Title: Comparative Testing Report on the Detection and Quantification of GM Events in Rice Noodles
Authors: BASSANI NICCOLONIEDZWIECKI ADAMCOLLOTTA AngeloMARETTI MatteoBROOTHAERTS WimMAZZARA MarcoKREYSA JOACHIM
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC91953
ISBN: 978-92-79-43165-4
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 26863
OP LB-NA-26863-EN-N
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC91953
DOI: 10.2788/17942
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: The European Union Reference Laboratory for Genetically Modified Food and Feed (EU-RL GMFF), accredited under ISO/IEC 17043, organised a comparative testing (CT) round for National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) nominated under Regulation (EC) No 882/2004, with voluntary participation of other official control laboratories. The test items consisted of rice noodles and commercial soybeans spiked with ground powder of soybean event DP-356043-5 in two different concentrations (Level 1 and 2). Participants were required to perform species identification and test for the presence of any GM event in the two test items. Any event detected then had to be quantified. Participants could report the results in mass/mass % or copy/copy % and the EU-RL GMFF calculated the robust means (R) for Level 1 and 2 test items accordingly. The target standard deviation for CT was fixed by the Advisory Board for Comparative Testing at 0.2 for the event, based on the experience of previous CT rounds. The robust means and target standard deviation were used to derive z-scores for the participants’ results. Eighty-eight laboratories from 42 countries registered for this CT round, of which 85 laboratories from 41 countries returned at least qualitative test results. When performing species identification, almost all laboratories correctly identified soybean and rice in both test items, and a few laboratories also detected maize and/or oilseed rape. In total 71 laboratories reported the presence of GM material in the test items, but 14 laboratories failed in this task. All of the 71 laboratories, except eight, correctly identified soybean event DP-356043-5 in the test items. Results of the quantitative evaluation of the GM content were satisfactory for both measurement units, with only two NRLs appointed under Regulation (EC) No 1981/2006 (one measuring in m/m % and one in cp/cp %) obtaining unsatisfactory z-scores (|z| ≥ 2.0) for both test items. Despite the overall satisfactory outcome of this CT round, only 58 % of participants provided information on measurement uncertainty in a complete and consistent manner, and further improvement in this crucial area is needed.
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