EFSA GM monitoring advice--unexpected health and environmental problems.
THE EUROPEAN Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has overhauled its advice
on the monitoring of genetically modified organisms in foodstuffs, to
ensure they do not spark unexpected health and environmental problems
after being authorised. Its GMO panel says that general surveillance,
designed to identify unexpected risks that were not anticipated in any
earlier studies, should always be included in a food company's
environmental monitoring plan. Notably, such general checks should be
alert to any possible problems and not be driven by risk assessment
hypotheses. They should also make use of existing monitoring systems,
when possible, maybe improving them using techniques such as
questionnaires and comparisons with existing data.