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Sticking points remain over EU GM food/feed assessment

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) aims to issue revised guidelines on the assessment of genetically modified food and feed in April. However, key issues relating to 90-day feeding studies and the phase-out of antibiotic resistance marker genes still have to be resolved, says Sébastien Goux, policy officer at the European Commission’s Health and Consumers Directorate General (DG SANCO). For the first time, the guidelines will be turned into an EU Regulation, which will make the testing and assessment protocols legally binding. This will improve the scientific and legal certainty for applicants and regulators, Mr Goux told a GMO conference organised by the Commission in March.

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