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.



Unique identifier for transgenic plants

This chapter contains guidance for the designation of a Unique Identifier for transgenic plants developed by the OECD Working Group on Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology, published in 2002 and further revised 2006 to cover plants with several “stacked” traits. The Unique Identifier is a nine-digit alphanumeric code based on the transformation event, with a single digit for verification. Assigned by the developer of the genetically engineered product, the Unique Identifier also contains the applicant identification. OECD unique identifiers are used as “keys” to access information on genetically engineered organisms approved for commercial application contained in the OECD BioTrack Product Database and interoperable systems such as the CBD Biosafety Clearing House, the FAO GM Foods Platform and other databases from public and private sectors worldwide.


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