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
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, CropLife International, CropLife China, ILSI Focal Point in China, China Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Chinese Society of Agricultural Biotechnology, Chinese National Institute for Nutrition and Health, and Estel Consult Ltd.
The ILSI Research Foundation's concluded projects in the area of food and feed safety assessment include:
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’s CCDB is a curated, open resource that provides data on the natural variability in the nutritional composition (e.g., nutrients, anti-nutrients, and secondary metabolites) of key crop species.
The ILSI Research Foundation's concluded projects in the area of food and feed safety assessment include:
The OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds (WG-SNFF), 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.
The OECD Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology (WG-HROB), for which the ILSI Research Foundation is a recognized observer organization, works on technical issues related to the environmental risk/safety assessment of organisms that are produced through modern biotechnology.
This year’s ILSI Research Foundation Annual Scientific Symposium, co-organized with the Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), focused on the role of agricultural research in addressing water variability and scarcity.
Implemented by the ILSI Research Foundation and conducted in two phases, this technical training program provided Chinese public-sector scientists with in-depth technical information about the purpose, design, and conduct of studies used to inform safety assessments of foods and feeds derived from genetically engineered (GE) crops.
The OECD Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology, for which the ILSI Research Foundation is a recognized observer organization, works on technical issues related to the environmental risk/safety assessment of organisms that are produced through modern biotechnology.
- Neurobehavioral Testing Suite
- Inlife Dosing and Blood Collection Demonstration
Dr. Jason Roper, Corteva Agriscience Breakout Groups: Exercise 4 - Critical Review of 90-Day Feeding Studies Data, Group Presentations, and Discussion
Dr. Jason Roper, Corteva Agriscience
Discussion and Q&A
Day 5Charles River Laboratories · Ashland, OH
Friday, June 21, 2019 · 08:30-14:30 Bringing It All Together: Writing Relevant and Informative Risk Assessment Summaries
Dr. Mònica García-Alonso, Estel Consult, Ltd. RNAi Food and Feed Safety Assessment
Dr. Xu Hu and Dr. Jason Roper, Corteva Agriscience Investigation of an In Vitro Method for Protein Hazard Characterization
Dr. Jason Roper, Corteva Agriscience
Presentation of Completion Certificates and Workshop Closure
SpeakersDr. Bhavneet Bajaj, ILSI Research Foundation
Dr. Bhavneet Bajaj joined the ILSI Research Foundation as Scientific Program Manager in July 2018. She has worked in academia, the biotechnology industry, and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and has a combined research and teaching experience of 12 years.
Dr. Bajaj has worked on plant secondary metabolites of nutritional, agricultural, and medicinal importance. Prior to joining the ILSI Research Foundation, Dr. Bajaj held the position of Visiting Scientist at the Sustainable Agricultural Systems Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, USDA, where she worked on carotenoid pathway regulation in high polyamine containing tomatoes. Before then, she was an Associate Investigator with the Plant Protection Group at DuPont, where she worked on metabolic engineering as a strategy for insect control in soybean. During her postdoctoral training, she worked on targeted metabolite profiling of triterpene glycosides and phenolic acids in cell suspensions of black cohosh and developed an in vitro protocol for accelerating its seed germination. Dr. Bajaj has also worked as an Assistant Professor at Jaipur National University, India, where she taught genetic engineering, enzymology, and biochemistry courses to masters level students.
Dr. Bajaj received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Biotechnology from Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, India. Her graduate level research comprised of genetic diversity studies on bacterial blight pathogen of clusterbean using molecular markers.Dr. Patrick Cournoyer, US Food and Drug Administration
Dr. Patrick Cournoyer is a regulatory scientist in the US Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Food Additive Safety. He helps administer the Plant Biotechnology Consultation Program, which works with plant biotechnology developers to help them ensure the safety of food from new plant varieties prior to marketing. He joined the Federal Government as a class of 2013 Presidential Management Fellow. Patrick received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2013, where he studied the cell biology of the plant immune system. Prior to graduate school, Patrick worked for the science communication company Genius GmbH in Germany, where he helped develop EU-funded websites to inform consumers about the safety and regulation of genetically engineered plants. Patrick completed a Bachelor of Science in plant science and German studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 2005.Dr. Cara Cuite, Rutgers University
Dr. Cara Cuite is an Assistant Extension Specialist in the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University. Dr. Cuite is a health psychologist who studies community food security, risk communication, and public perceptions of food-related issues, including food safety and genetically engineered foods. More recent projects have focused on communicating about weather-related emergencies as well as interventions to reduce household food, energy, and water use. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture, the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, New Jersey Sea Grant, and Johnson & Johnson. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Rutgers University and a B.S. in Psychology and Modern Languages from Union College.Dr. Mònica García-Alonso, Estel Consult, Ltd.
Dr. Mònica García-Alonso is an independent consultant and director at Estel Consult, Ltd. She has been working in the area of risk assessment of genetically modified crops and regulatory affairs for more than 20 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, with a specialty in zoology and entomology, and a master’s degree in insect physiology and ecology from the University of Barcelona, as well as a doctorate in neurobiology from the University of Reading. She worked for Syngenta for 19 years and set up her own consultancy eight years ago. She now supports private and public research activities aimed at developing GM crop solutions and provides training on risk assessment to regulators and developers around the world.Dr. Xu Hu, Corteva Agrisciences
Dr. Xu Hu received his B.S. in Plant Protection from Henan Agricultural College, China in 1982. He earned his M.S. in Plant Pathology in 1985 and then worked as a research associate for three years at Institute of Plant Protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (CAAS), Beijing, China. He completed his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Guelph, Canada in 1994.
From 1994 to 1998, Dr. Xu Hu conducted postdoctoral research in Colorado State University, working on the expression of antifungal protein genes in transgenic potato plants and on the improvement of seed oil content in Brassica napus at the Plant Biotechnology Institute, National Research Council of Canada. Xu joined Pioneer in 1998 as a discovery post-doc for molecular characterization of Sclerotinia resistance in transgenic sunflower plant, and then as a senior research associate for the generation of novel resistance against soybean cyst nematode (SCN). As a principal research scientist, Xu led a team working on transgenic resistance to soybean fungal diseases and contributed in RNAi studies on SCN and corn rootworm control. In 2011, Xu took the role of corn rootworm RNAi project leader where he collaborated across functions to progress the RNAi technology through the trait development pipeline. Following the merger of DOW with DuPont in 2017, Xu briefly worked corn diseases and transitioned to input trait discovery, Corteva Agrisciences in 2019, working on genomics-based insecticidal discovery.Dr. Xenia Morin, Rutgers University
Dr. Xenia Morin is the Senior Associate Dean for Learning, the Undergraduate Program Director for the Agriculture and Food Systems Program, and an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Plant Biology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University. Dr. Morin works and collaborates at the intersection of science, social science, and society, and she participates in tackling the formidable challenge of feeding our growing population. As a trained plant biochemist, her research and teaching has grown increasingly interdisciplinary over the years and she now focuses on agriculture and food systems. She has studied, researched, published, and taught on the topic of genetically modified food since 2001 at Bryn Mawr College, Princeton University, and now at Rutgers University.Dr. Jason Roper, Corteva Agrisciences
Dr. Jason Roper earned his B.S. in Biomedical Science with a minor in Chemistry from Western Michigan University in 1997. He then completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in Molecular Toxicology and Environmental Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2004 and 2005, respectively. Following his post-graduate studies, Jason worked for six years as Senior Toxicologist and Study Director at a contract research organization specializing in GLP mammalian toxicology studies. He joined DuPont Pioneer in 2011 as Research Scientist and Toxicologist, managing a team of scientists responsible for the planning and execution of mammalian, livestock, and avian toxicology studies to support product safety evaluations for global regulatory submissions of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), including insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant maize, soybean, rice, and canola products.
Jason joined the DuPont Central Research and Development (CR&D) group at Haskell Global Centers for Health and Environmental Sciences in 2013 as Principal Investigator and Senior Research Toxicologist, providing consulting services for the several DuPont businesses in the agricultural, biotechnology, and food industries. Following the merger of DOW with DuPont in 2017, Jason led the general, neuro- and inhalation toxicology competencies at Haskell Global Centers until transitioning to the Corteva Agrisciences (a division of DowDuPont) seeds business in 2019, as a subject-matter expert for regulatory toxicology and product safety. Jason has served as Chair of the CropLife International Toxicology Expert Team (2016-2018) and the DuPont Agricultural Animal Resource Committee (2016-present), Vice-Chair of the Haskell Animal Welfare Committee (2013-2017), and is a member of the HESI Protein Allergen, Toxin, and Bioinformatics (PATB) group and the Haskell Contract Laboratory Evaluation and Approval Team (2015-present).Dr. Chris A. Wozniak, US Environmental Protection Agency
Dr. Chris A. Wozniak received his training in Plant Pathology and Life Sciences at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where his research efforts focused on understanding cell differentiation and morphogenesis in Sorghum bicolor. As a post-doctoral associate, Chris then worked to develop insect resistant cotton and to develop protocols for genetic transformation of sugarbeet. He subsequently joined the USDA-ARS full time to study the biological control of an insect pest in sugarbeet.
After 18 years in plant science research, Chris entered the world of regulatory science at the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Office of Pesticide Programs as a risk assessor and human health specialist. At EPA, Chris performed risk assessments of microbial and plant-based pesticides, particularly in the areas of human health and environmental consequences of gene flow.
As a Biotechnology Special Assistant in the Office of Pesticide Programs at US EPA, Dr. Wozniak focuses on issues of biotechnology policy, interagency coordination of biotech regulation, and environmental risk assessment of plant-incorporated protectants and sterility mechanisms in mosquitoes.
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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.
Sustainability considerations have been absent from most food security assessments conducted to date, despite the tremendous economic, environmental, and social implications of meeting accelerating food demand in the face of water shortages and climate change.