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EFSA issues genetically modified feed trial guidance

The use of animal feeding trials to assess the safety of genetically modified crops should only be required when there are indications of significant differences between the crop and its conventional counterpart, says the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) GMO panel. In a new report, the panel concludes that an animal feeding trial "adds little if anything" to the overall safety assessment of the current generation of herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant GM crops. However, such trials should be considered for the next generation of GM crops that will carry more complex modifications for stress-tolerance or nutritional value, the panel notes.

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