While the majority of governments design safety assessments of genetically engineered (GE) foods around the Codex Alimentarius’ principles and guidelines, there remain significant differences in the practical application of Codex and other international guidance. This adds complexity, time, and cost to the regulatory process, further exacerbates asynchronous authorizations, and stands in the way of achieving regional or sub-regional regulatory cooperation. The ILSI Research Foundation’s efforts focus primarily on technical training of regulators and public sector scientists who are called upon to inform risk assessments on behalf of institutional or national biosafety committees. This includes training around concepts and principles of GE food safety assessment, and, where necessary, turning this into experiential understanding.
Collaborators & Partners
ILSI Focal Point in China, CropLife China, China Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Chinese Society of Agricultural Biotechnology, Chinese National Institute for Nutrition and Health, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Badan Pengawas Obat dan Makanan (Indonesia), USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
Areas of Focus
The ILSI Research Foundation is implementing food safety activities in China and Indonesia as well as preparing a reference book that describes how and why safety assessments of foods derived from genetically engineered crops are undertaken, while placing these in the context of overall conventional food safety.
The ILSI Research Foundation is engaged in outreach and capacity building on GE food safety assessment in China, in collaboration with ILSI Focal Point in China, CropLife China, and other Chinese academic and government stakeholders. An initial workshop was convened in 2016, with presentations on the GE food safety assessment paradigm, regulation of biotechnology in China, and considerations for new agricultural biotechnologies. A follow-up workshop was organized by the ILSI Research Foundation in May 2017, together with ILSI Focal Point in China, the National Institute for Nutrition and Health at China CDC, and the Chinese Society of Agricultural Biotechnology.
Supported by a grant from the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service and in collaboration with the Government of Indonesia, the ILSI Research Foundation is organizing a food safety training program which focuses on providing practical instruction in the technical aspects of food safety testing and evaluation for foods derived from GE plants. The first phase of the program involves classroom and case study training in Jakarta, while the second phase is being conducted in cooperation with the DuPont Stine Haskell Research Center in Wilmington, Delaware. Participants will receive classroom and practical training, in addition to being able to observe studies being conducted in laboratory facilities to improve practical understanding of just how and why these studies are carried out.
The ILSI Research Foundation is organizing 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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