New research is regularly published in the field of genetically modified organisms and we are aware of a number of recent studies concerning authorised genetically modified maize and soya varieties which could have a bearing on the safety of these products. These reports will be scrutinised by the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes, and or by the European Food Safety Authority, in order to assess their significance for the safe use of these genetically modified (GM) materials in food and feed.
The safety of new GM materials is rigorously assessed by the European Food Safety Authority before they are cleared for use in food or feed and the current system provides adequate assurances that authorised materials are as safe as their conventional counterparts.
It is the responsibility of the applicants to provide all the information that is needed to support the assessment of their products. It would not be appropriate for public funds to be spent on research into individual genetically modified crops in order to allow the pre-market risk assessment to proceed.