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Genetically Modified Foods Daily Update

GM crops are safe

Tareem Ahktar, 8-19,19,, Home

GM crops are tightly regulated by several government bodies. The European Food Safety Authority and each individual member state have detailed the requirements for a full risk assessment of genetically modified plants and derived food and feed. Therefore in the USA, the Food and Drug Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Agriculture are all involved in the regulatory process for genetically modified crop approval. Consequently, GM plants undergo extensive safety testing prior to commercialization. Hundreds of millions of people across the world used up genetically modified crops since 15 years. And with no reported ill effects (or legal cases related to human health), despite many of the consumers coming from that most litigious of countries, the USA. There is little documented evidence that genetically modified crops are potentially toxic. Rats fed with genetically modified potatoes expressing the gene for the lectin suffered damage to gut mucosa. The presence of foreign DNA sequences in food poses no intrinsic risk to human health. All foods contain significant amounts of DNA and RNA, consumed in the range of 0.1–1.0 g/day.