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Food safety is recognized as a universal public health concern. Enormous economic and human resources are invested globally to ensure that there is a safe food supply. However, most of these resources are focused on improving food safety through the reduction of harm from chemical and microbial contaminants present in foods, rather than on the safety of the foods themselves. The ILSI Research Foundation addresses this challenge by providing information resources and capacity building activities for scientists, regulators and the public focusing particularly on the safety assessment of foods and feeds derived from GE plants.

Collaborators & Partners

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, Canadian Grains Council, CropLife International, Indonesian National Agency for Food and Drug Control, Indonesian Center for Animal Research and Development, Estel Consult Ltd. and DuPont Pioneer 

Areas of Focus

The ILSI Research Foundation is focused on the following activities related to genetically engineered (GE) food and feed safety assessments:

Crop Composition Database

The ILSI Crop Composition Database contains over 972,000 data points on the natural composition variability of conventionally grown crops that can be used to assess similarities and differences in important nutrients and anti-nutrients.

e-Learning Courses

The ILSI Research Foundation has developed e-Learning courses that focus on how basic decisions are made regarding food safety and how problem formulation can be used in assessments to ensure they are fit for purpose.

GE Food Safety Capacity Building

Understanding the need for technical capacity building for food safety assessment, the ILSI Research Foundation shares its knowledge and scientific expertise by facilitating regional workshops and developing and disseminating reference materials.

Resources

Newsletters

Find out about the work being done by the ILSI Research Foundation by reading our monthly e-newsletter.

e-Learning

e-Learning courses have been developed by the ILSI Research Foundation that focus on food safety.

OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds

Paris, France

The OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds, for which the ILSI Research Foundation is a recognized observer organization, works on technical issues related to the food safety of novel foods and feeds, including the products of agricultural biotechnology.

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Phase II: GE Food/Feed Safety Assessment Training

Newark, DE, USA

The ILSI Research Foundation organized a five-day training program at the Stine Haskell Research Facility in Wilmington, DE to observe how food and feed safety assessment data is collected in the laboratory.

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Phase I: GE Food/Feed Safety Assessment Training

Bogor, Indonesia

The ILSI Research Foundation conducted a three-day technical training program in Bogor, Indonesia for participants to engage in practical exercises highlighting the fundamental concepts employed in food and feed safety assessments of genetically engineered (GE) crops.

Read more

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Save the date for the ILSI Research Foundation’s 2018 Scientific Symposium on Wednesday, July 18 in Washington, DC.

Click here to view the speaker presentations and agenda from the 2017 Scientific Symposium: Gene Drive Modified Organisms and Practical Considerations for Environmental Risk Assessments. 

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Building off the Phase I three-day technical training program held in August in Bogor, Indonesia, the ILSI Research Foundation organized a five-day training program at the Stine Haskell Research Facility in Wilmington, DE to observe how food and feed safety assessment data is collected in the laboratory.

Program

The training featured sessions on:     

  • Laboratory and Vivarium Safety
  • Testing Proteins for Toxicity
  • Data Analysis and Statistics
  • Regulatory Testing Strategy
  • Molecular Characterization
  • Analytical Chemistry/Composition Analysis
  • Allergenicity
  • Bioinformatics
  • Transformation Laboratory Tour
  • Microscopy Laboratory Tour

This project is supported by a grant from the USDA’s Emerging Markets Program.

More Information

To learn more about the ILSI Research Foundation’s program on GE food and feed safety, click here.

To learn about Phase I in Indonesia in August 2017, click here.

To read the outcomes from a similar two-phased, food/feed safety program we conducted in India in 2014, click here.

Feedback

Find out what participants are saying about Phase II: 

100% of survey responders found the workshop useful in their current position

“This workshop was very useful for my position as a member of the technical team for feed safety assessment.”

“The information provided in the workshop was important for me as a member of the feed safety assessment team.”

“It helped me gain a more comprehensive understanding on technical aspects of biosafety assessment leading to hopefully a more scientifically sound judgement when evaluating dossiers.”

100% of survey responders found the length of the workshop was just right

As a complement to in-person training, participants were encouraged to take food safety e-Learning courses as part of this program.

“As an introduction before training, it made it easy to understand and follow most of the topics presented during the workshop.”

“The e-Learning course was very excellent to prepare for the course and widen the knowledge before the course.”

“It gives participants basic concepts and understandings and facilitated receiving advanced materials given in the workshop.”

100% of survey responders would recommend this workshop to others

“All presentations were very relevant with our need for food/feed safety assessment… simple but so clear and easy to understand.”

“Very interesting and useful topics.”

“All the equipment for experiments are excellent.”

 “Very useful because we can see the real testing and facilities.”

Learn more about the ILSI Research Foundation’s program on GE food and feed safety.

View the Program

Learn about Phase I in August 2017. 

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On August 1-3, 2017, a three-day technical training program was conducted in Bogor, Indonesia, organized by the ILSI Research Foundation in cooperation with the Indonesian National Agency for Food and Drug Control (BPOM) and the Indonesian Center for Animal Research and Development (ICARD).  This activity provided an opportunity for participants to engage in practical exercises highlighting the fundamental concepts employed in food and feed safety assessments of genetically engineered (GE) crops.

Program

Twenty-three participants from both the Indonesian Food Safety Technical Team and the Feed Safety Technical Team attended the training held at the Harris Hotel. The training was supported by expert faculty from the United States, and the Philippines, including Dr. Donald MacKenzie, International Rice Research Institute, Dr. Flerida Carino, University of the Philippines, Dr. Bryan Delaney, DuPont Pioneer, Dr. Andrew Roberts and Dr. Xianglu Han, ILSI Research Foundation. The workshop introduced important concepts and components for food and feed safety assessment, including problem formulation, toxicity, composition and allergenicity assessment as well as molecular characterization. The structure of the program involved more than just lectures, and included the opportunity for participants to work through practical exercises in groups.  These exercises focused on the ability to identify and use available information resources associated with food and feed safety assessments as well as providing an opportunity to consider topics in more detail.

Building off the Phase I program, the ILSI Research Foundation organized a five-day Phase II training program at the Stine Haskell Research Facility in Wilmington, DE, USA, in November which will include the opportunity to observe how food and feed safety assessment data is collected in the laboratory.

This project is supported by a grant from the USDA’s Emerging Markets Program.

More Information

To learn more about the ILSI Research Foundation’s program on GE food and feed safety, click here.

To learn about Phase II in Newark, DE in November 2017, click here.

To read the outcomes from a similar two-phased, food/feed safety program we conducted in India in 2014, click here.

Feedback

Find out what participants are saying about Phase I: 

100% of survey responders found the workshop useful in their current position

“As a member of the feed safety assessment technical team, the workshop was very useful for gaining detail information about food and feed safety assessment.”

“Since I am a Technical Manager of Biotechnology Laboratory who is responsible for GMF detection, this training course bridges my knowledge on safety assessment (pre market control) and post market control (GMF detection).”

100% of survey responders would recommend this workshop to others

“Excellent quality overall.”

“The topic regarding the database of GM crop provided from the ILSI Research Foundation is very useful in any aspects. This has broadened my perspective regarding the list of useful databases, especially on the assessment of GM crop in general.”

“All aspects of workshop were valuable and useful in strengthening our capability in assessing safety of foods and feeds derived from GE crop. Applying problem formulation to the safety assessment of GE foods and feeds is most valuable for me.”

Learn more about the ILSI Research Foundation’s program on GE food and feed safety.

View the Program

Learn about Phase II in November 2017. 

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Click here to view the speaker presentations and agenda from the 2017 Scientific Symposium: Gene Drive Modified Organisms and Practical Considerations for Environmental Risk Assessments. 

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Crop Health and Its Global Impacts on the Components of Food Security

This article attempts to develop a framework that would enable assessment of the impacts of plant diseases, referred collectively to as crop health, on food security via its components. Given the number of components and interactions at play, a systems modelling approach is required to address the functioning of food systems exposed to plant disease risks.

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Legacy Work

Condensed and Centralized Food Safety Information

Finding accurate and reliable information about the safety of foods derived from genetically engineered plants can be daunting, particularly for regulators who may not have a specific application on their desk. This information is essential for risk assessors and regulators who may need to make decisions regarding the safety of small amounts of genetically engineered material which may inadvertently enter the country without authorization, also known as low-level presence.

The ILSI Research Foundation has published monographs which provide a comprehensive review of food safety information and data for each of four novel proteins found in some genetically engineered plants: the EPSPS and PAT/BAR proteins that confer herbicide tolerance, and the Cry1Ac and Cry1Ab proteins that confer insect resistance.

The documents review the safety of these proteins and provide links to publications, regulatory dossiers and decision documents.

Safety Assessment of Food Derived from Modern Biotechnology (IFBiC)

From 1997-2013, the ILSI International Food Biotechnology Committee (IFBiC) served as a biotechnology resource that aided science-based decision-making in food and feed crop safety assessments. IFBiC’s core programs on harmonization, outreach, and education addressed issues related to the development, distribution, and safety of foods and feed developed through modern biotechnology. Click on the links below to learn more.

A Look at Product Development with Genetically Modified Crops: Examples from Maize

Plant breeding for crop genetic improvement involves the cycle of creating genetic diversity and exploiting that diversity to derive an improved cultivar with outstanding performance for specific traits of interest. This article contains proceedings from the 2012 IFBiC Plant Compositional Analysis Workshop.

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        )

)