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
Areas of Focus
The ILSI Research Foundation is focused on the following activities related to genetically engineered (GE) food and feed safety assessments:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ILSI Research Foundation together with ILSI Focal Point in China, the National Institute for Nutrition and Health at China CDC, and the Chinese Society of Agricultural Biotechnology organized a one-day workshop focused on the food safety of foods derived from genetically engineered crops.
The ILSI Research Foundation attended the OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds, which works on technical issues related to the food safety of novel foods and feeds, including food derived from transgenic organisms.
The ILSI Research Foundation attended the OECD Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology, to advance their work in support of environmental risk assessment of transgenic organisms.
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This document provides a comprehensive review of information and data relevant to the assessment of the EPSPS protein for food and feed safety.
This document provides a comprehensive review of information and data relevant to the assessment of the protein Cry1Ab for food and feed safety.
This document provides a comprehensive review of information and data relevant to the assessment of the protein Cry1Ac for food and feed safety.
This document provides a comprehensive review of information and data relevant to the assessment of the protein PAT for food and feed safety.