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Safety Assessment of Foods and Feeds Derived from Transgenic Crops, Volume 1

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Volume I of this series compiles the science-based consensus documents of the OECD Task Force for the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds from 2002 to 2008. They contain information for use during the regulatory assessment of food/feed products of modern biotechnology, i.e. developed from transgenic crops. Relevant information includes compositional considerations (nutrients, anti-nutrients, toxicants, allergens), use of the plant species as food/feed, key products and components suggested for analysis of new varieties for food use and for feed use, and other elements. These documents should be of value to applicants for commercial uses of novel foods and feeds, regulators and risk assessors in national authorities for their comparative approach, as well as the wider scientific community.

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Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) and other temperate forage legumes

This chapter, prepared by the OECD Task Force for the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds with Canada and the United Kingdom as lead countries, deals with the composition of alfalfa (Medicago sativa) and other temperate forage legumes which are important in animal feeds. It contains elements that can be used in a comparative approach as part of a safety assessment of feeds (and foods) derived from new varieties. Background is given on alfalfa (lucerne) production, processing and characteristics screened by breeders. Then alfalfa nutrients, anti-nutrients and secondary metabolites are detailed, followed by key products and compositional parameters suggested for analysis of new varieties for feed use and for food use. It also provides information on other forage legumes (clovers, trefoil, sainfoin, vetch, other species) and their key components.

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