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Tool 1 - Background and guidance

Information toolkit on food biotechnologies with a focus on food safety











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    Tool 6 – Human health
    Information toolkit on food biotechnologies with a focus on food safety
    2021
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    Tool 6 provides general information and examples that could help address some concerns that are frequently raised on the safety of foods derived from biotechnologies – namely whether genetically modified (GM) foods in particular, are safe to eat. This topic, along with the topic of GM foods and the environment (the topic of Tool 7), was indicated in an expert consultation as a primary concern of the general public regarding food biotechnologies. This tool can be used in conjunction with Tool 4 on GM food safety assessment.
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    Tool 4 – GM food safety assessment
    Information toolkit on food biotechnologies with a focus on food safety
    2021
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    Tool 4 provides information and examples on the safety assessment for genetically modified (GM) foods. Analysis and experts’ consultations found this to be a key topic that could provide information and assistance for authorities to communicate around food biotechnologies.
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    Information toolkit on food biotechnologies with a focus on food safety
    2021
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    A number of questions and concerns about food biotechnologies have been raised, and governments are expected to address them in an effective and timely manner. However, providing science-based but easy-to-digest answers requires a certain level of understanding of the subject and good communication skill sets, therefore preparedness is key. During the Global Community Meeting of the FAO GM Foods Platform in 2019, the strong need for a set of science-based information materials was expressed at a global level to support the generation of communication strategies and materials which could help to address the public communication challenges surrounding food biotechnologies at a national level. The present FAO Information toolkit on food biotechnologies with a focus on food safety serves as a basis to assist countries in addressing the general public’s concerns on food biotechnology and food safety, to support them in raising awareness of the science of food biotechnologies and food safety and to inform discussions and decisions. It consists of one handbook providing an instruction manual for the whole set of documents and ten booklets, referred to as tools, and which cover background information, general information on the scientific aspects of food biotechnologies and food safety, the rationale behind the claimed benefits of genetically modified (GM) foods, GM food safety assessments and regulations. The tools also touch upon aspects related to human health and the environment, the practical uses and applications, the recent developments and innovations, possibilities to engage with the public.

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