The OECD work on biosafety and food/feed safety assessment aims to assist countries evaluating the potential risks of transgenic products, ensure high safety standards, and foster mutual understanding of relevant regulations. The brochure presents the activities of the "Working Group on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds” and the "Working Group on Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology".
The OECD releases a Consensus Document on the biology of APPLE (Malus domestica).
A major fruit crop of temperate regions, APPLE is consumed worldwide as fresh fruit, juice and other food products. This consensus document provides science-based key insights for the regulatory assessment of the environmental safety of genetically-engineered products: taxonomy, reproductive biology, genetics, hybridisation and introgression, and ecology. This document is complementary to the earlier document addressing compositional considerations for new apple cultivars for food use and feed use.
KEY AREAS OF WORK
Both programmes aim to contribute to the assessment of the safety of products derived from modern biotechnology, a challenging issue as genetically engineered crops are increasingly cultivated worldwide and as human foods and animal feeds derived from such crops are marketed.
OECD at the 2016 convention on biological diversity (COP13)