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Safety Assessment of Foods and Feeds Derived from Genetically Engineered Plants: Phase I Technical Workshop

Langfang, China
March 5, 2019 – March 7, 2019
Jun Wang Fu, First City

By Invitation Only. 

The ILSI Research Foundation, in collaboration with ILSI Focal Point in China, conducted the first phase of our Technical Training Program on Safety Assessment of Foods and Feeds Derived from Genetically Engineered (GE) Plants on March 5-7, 2019 in Langfang, China. Aimed at providing Chinese public-sector scientists with in-depth information about the purpose, design, and conduct of studies used to inform safety assessments of foods and feeds derived from GE crops, Phase I of the program established a baseline understanding of the food safety assessment paradigm, toxicity and allergenicity testing, compositional assessment, and animal testing. Planned for June 2019, Phase II of the training will include laboratory tours and demonstrations of how tests are managed and conducted, as well as how data are collected and interpreted.

Participants were asked to complete the eLearning module “Concepts in the Safety Assessment of Novel Food and Feed” in advance of the Phase I workshop.

Agenda

Day 1

Introduction of Key Concepts and Regulatory Landscape

Welcome and Overview of the Workshop
Dr. Bhavneet Bajaj, ILSI Research Foundation

Regulation of Genetically Engineered Foods and Livestock Feeds in China
Mr. Peilei Liu, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs

International Guidance for Assessing Foods and Feeds Derived from Genetically Engineered Plants
Dr. Donald MacKenzie, Institute for International Crop Improvement (IICI)

Key Concepts in the Risk Assessment of Genetically Engineered Crops
Dr. Monica Garcia-Alonso, Estel Consult, Ltd.

Question & Answer Session

Applying Problem Formulation to the Safety Assessment of Genetically Engineered Foods and Feeds
Dr. Monica Garcia-Alonso, Estel Consult, Ltd.

Breakout Exercise 1

Accessing Information: Useful Resources for Genetically Engineered Food/Feed Safety Assessment
Dr. Bhavneet Bajaj, ILSI Research Foundation

Breakout Exercise 2

Day 2

Day 3

Phase II

A five-day workshop is planned for June 2019, focusing on laboratory tours and demonstrations of how tests are managed and conducted, as well as how data are collected and interpreted. Phase II will include a review of the concepts from Phase I, with an additional focus on critical reading and review of study reports. Participants will be asked to complete the eLearning module “Application of Problem Formulation for Food and Feed Safety Assessment” in advance of the Phase II workshop.

Speakers

Group Photo of Phase I Participants and Trainers.
Group Photo of Phase I Participants and Trainers.