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Food safety from the transgenic and non-GM dispute

Recently, Southern Weekend published an article entitled "genetically modified sweet corn in the United States suffered article can be seen from the Americans attitude to genetically modified foods. According to the article analyzes, in 2010, the United States transferred gene sweet corn grain-producing about 130,000 tons, this number is not small, the overall cultivation, transfer genes sweet corn is only about the same year, according to the contract planting of sweet corn harvest about 0.1% market share is very small, showing that genetically modified sweet corn and unwelcome.

 

Data shows that, despite the United States large area planted transferred genetically modified crops has been for many years, the United States about 80% of soybeans and 40 percent of the corn are transferred genetically modified crops, the current also did not appear arising from genetically modified food major food safety problem, this What is the reason?

 

Related to food safety of biotech crops in the United States is regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Ministry of Agriculture (USDA). Among them, the safety of the FDA is responsible for overseeing food and food additives. It is mainly to examine whether the new biotechnology food or food additives with existing food or food additive safety, the need for specially marked. USDA is responsible for the review of biotechnology, bio-invasive biological. EPA is responsible to ensure that biotech products and derived products are not unreasonable health and the environment. The United States is the supervision of the Special Conditions of the existing legal framework, the transferred gene, genetically modified organisms, transfer gene product and related food security purposes, both to be tube cultivation of genetically modified crops on the environment whether there is harm, but also to consider the GM crop product on human health the potential impact. In addition, in the United States mature market economy and rule of law society of genetically modified crops to adjust constraint and self-constraint in the U.S. sales of food, directly containing transferred genes effective ingredient of fact, is less and less of, or even can say no. Therefore, a corporate social responsibility, an important component of an attitude responsible for the consumer products, strictly control the food safety assurance.

 

It is for consideration of the long-term effects of genetically modified foods on the human body is still unknown not long ago, China Hong Kong Consumer Council of GM ingredients in the milk product testing report "to detect trace genetically modified soy ingredients, soy milk products be published and recommending the introduction of a mandatory labeling system management, to the consumer should have right to know.

 

The approach taken by countries around the world on genetically modified food was the promulgation of regulations, the requirements identified by the GMO. Region, the EU is one of the first requirements to identify the GMO Food Management Regulations promulgated in 1997, established the minimum content standards for genetically modified foods be identified, that is, when a genetically modified ingredients in the food content of 1% of the ingredients need to be identified. In 2002, the EU will this standard be reduced to 0.9%. Japan the establishment of minimum standards of 5%. Koreas standard 3 percent.

 

China Hong Kong Consumer Council to the detected batch Yonghe Group goods transgenic quantitative 0.5%, well below the 5 percent standard under the relevant laws and regulations in Hong Kong and Taiwan, but also less than 0.9% of the EU regulations. Reporter from a statement released by the Yonghe milk the officer online that Yonghe Group in mainland China, the sale of products, raw materials are selected production from the Sanjiang Plain, Northeast black soil quality non-transferred genetically modified soybeans, and through the test of national agricultural standardization and detection center, non-genetically modified soy ingredients. Yonghe Group adhering to corporate responsibility and adhere to non-genetically modified soybeans as raw materials, from the source to protect food safety.

 

With the continuous improvement of Chinas relevant laws and regulations of genetically modified foods, continue to strengthen their own sense of responsibility, food safety will be better protection.

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