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GMO and Food Allergy

Picture: ColourboxFood allergy remains one of the principal safety concerns about foods derived from GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Before release of a GMO, the producers must consider the risks posed by the GMO to food allergic individuals as well as the potential to introduce new allergens. The Codex Alimentarius Commission and EFSA recommend procedures to assess the new proteins in the GMOs for potential allergenicity.  The procedures are designed to screen out new proteins that are likely to cause allergy. To date, no food derived from GMOs has been found to cause new allergies.

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The Codex recommendations:

The EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) recommendations: