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Safety aspects of genetically modified foods of plant origin - Consultations and Workshops

Report of a Joint FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on Foods Derived from Biotechnology, World Health Organization, Headquarters Geneva, Switzerland, 29 May – 2 June 2000








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    A Joint FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on Foods Derived from Biotechnology – Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Genetically Modified Microorganisms (GMMs) was held at the Headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva from 24 – 28 September 2001. A total of 27 experts, including authors of discussion papers, participated in the Consultation. Ms Ann Kern, Executive Director, Cluster of Sustainable Development and Healthy Environments, opened the Consultation on behalf of Di rectors-General of WHO and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Ms Kern stated that WHO and FAO have been organizing Consultations of this kind since 1990 to provide scientific and technical guidance to Member States and to the Codex Alimentarius Commission. Ms Kern also expressed the appreciation of the two Organizations to the Government of Japan for its generosity in supplying additional funding for this Consultation. She acknowledged the interest of Me mber States in these sometimes hotly debated issues, and the need for sound scientific advice developed and formulated by the Expert Consultations upon which Governments can base their discussions. Clear assessment and communication of scientific data is becoming increasingly important so that the scientific risk assessment process is accurately reflected in the risk management process. Ms Kern suggested that the issues of safety and nutritional assessment of foods derived from biote chnology would be even more important in the near future with the rapid development of new foods with potential benefits related to health.
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    Une consultation conjointe d’experts FAO/OMS sur les aliments produits par biotechnologie s’est tenue au Siège de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé à Genève du 29 mai au 2 juin 2000. Vingt-sept experts au total, notamment les auteurs des documents de travail, y ont participé. Madame Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Directeur exécutif, Groupe Développement durable et milieux favorables à la santé, a ouvert la consultation au nom des Directeurs généraux de l’OMS et de l’Organisation des Nations-Unies p our l’Alimentation et l’Agriculture (FAO). Dans son allocution, Madame Singh a déclaré que la biotechnologie permettra de créer de puissants outils pour le développement durable de l’agriculture et la production de denrées alimentaires. Associée aux autres techniques de production alimentaire, elle contribuera d’une manière significative à la satisfaction des besoins d’une population dont le nombre et l’urbanisation seront en augmentation constante durant le nouveau millénaire. Madame Singh a attiré l’attention sur les inquiétudes exprimées par le grand public concernant la salubrité et les aspects nutritionnels des aliments produits par cette méthode. Elle a insisté sur la nécessité de réexaminer constamment les méthodologies d’évaluation des risques et attend de la consultation qu’elle donne aux Etats membres de la FAO et de l’OMS des principes directeurs utiles à cet effet.

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