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Genetically Modified (GM) Food Survey

Creator:

Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)

Subject Keywords: FOOD LABELLING, FOOD SUPPLY, GENETIC MODIFICATION, LEGISLATION
Set: Obesity
Cardiovascular Health (Draft)
Chronic Conditions
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
Hypertension
Stroke
Conditions
Catalogue: Data
Primary Data Sources
Type: Dataset
Region: Republic of Ireland
Description:

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) routinely surveys the food supply in Ireland to ensure that only EU-authorised and appropriately labeled Genetically Modified (GM) food ingredients are placed on the market. Food ingredients from GM soya bean, maize, oilseed rape, sugar beet and cotton are authorised in the EU. Most of these crops have been genetically altered to tolerate the application of specific herbicides and/or resist attack by certain pests. The 2007 survey focused on foodstuffs containing ingredients from soya bean and maize as these constitute globally traded commodity crops, with a significant proportion emanating from GM sources. Rice-containing foodstuffs were also targeted as a result of emergency legislation put in place in 2006 due to the presence of unauthorised GM rice from the US. A total of 97 foodstuffs were sampled and tested in 2007 but GM maize or GM rice were not detected. However, ingredients from GM soya bean were identified in 13 of the 97 products tested (13%), but as they were present at levels below the labelling threshold of 0.9%, GM labelling was not required.

Date:

01/02/2008

Rights: © Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)
Suggested citation:

Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). (2008) Genetically Modified (GM) Food Survey [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/3916 [Accessed: 23rd July 2018].

  

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