US Food and Drug Administration Warns GMO Developers Over Food Allergy Risks – GM Watch 4/22/23


The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for food safety, has written a letter to manufacturers and developers of new plant varieties who intend to transfer genes for proteins that are food allergens (including allergens from foods identified as major food allergens) into new plant varieties used for food. The FDA cautions these developers to consider the food safety risks posed by such allergens and plan early in development to manage the risks.

What the FDA insists on in the letter is in effect nothing less than complete segregation and traceability for any potentially allergenic GM crop.

FDA’s letter also cautions that if unexpected and unlabelled allergens enter the food supply, this could have other consequences for food producers, such as needing to recall the affected products….

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