SELAMAT Meeting 2005 The Netherlands

SELAMAT Meeting 2005 The Netherlands

Workshop June 2005, Wageningen, The Netherlands. Theme: Genetically modified food crops and derived foods and feed: Detection, safety evaluation, traceability and data storage

Background

Rapid development of genetically modified (GM) food crops with input and output traits has resulted in a spectacular increase in cultivation areas for these type of crops, primarily in the USA, Canada, Argentina and China, while the cultivation in Europe is still limited, primarily due to low  acceptance by the public in general.

However globalisation of trade has already resulted in an extensive import and export of GM foods/feed across different continents, which emphasizes the urgent need for an intensive exchange of information on GM food crops and derived foods/feed, with respect to their molecular and safety characteristics, and the possibilities to trace such products. This type of information is essential for the scientific risk evaluation of these products, for risk management purposes and for the improvement of public trust in regulatory systems and responsible agencies.

Scope of the meeting

  • to review ongoing activities in China, other South-East Asian countries and the EU concerning the development, safety evaluation, detection and traceability of GM food crops and derived foods and feed,
  • to develop joint research proposals to be submitted in the framework of national and international research programmes,
  • to establish a joint database containing GM constructs and methods for detection and traceability, 
  • to organize training courses in the application of test methods and strategies for safety evaluation of GM products, and for traceability

Day 1 - June 1st, 2005

  • Welcome and Opening. By Robert van Gorcom, RIKILT - Institute of Food Safety, Wageningen UR, The Netherlands
  • Objectives of the Workshop. By H.A. Kuiper, RIKILT - Institute of Food Safety, Wageningen UR, The Netherlands
  • Regulatory Framework For Market Release of GM Food Crops in China. By Yufa Peng, National Laboratory for Biology of Plant Diseases and Insect Pests; Centre for Biosafety Research, Institute of Plant Protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing
  • EU Regulatory Framework GMOs. By K. Neubauer, European Commission, Directorate-General Health and Consumer Protection (DG SANCO), Brussels, Belgium
  • Risk Assessment Strategies for GMOs. By H.A. Kuiper, RIKILT - Institute of Food Safety, Wageningen UR, The Netherlands
  • The Next Generation of GM Crops. By G.A. Kleter, RIKILT - Institute of Food Safety, Wageningen UR, The Netherlands
  • Application of the Existing GMO Regulations for Cis-Genes. By E. Jacobsen, Laboratory of Plant Breeding, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands
  • The European Food Safety Authority: Tasks and Involvement in Risk Assessment of GMOs. By S. Renckens, European Food Safety Authority, Brussels, Belgium
  • Practical Implications of EU GMO Food/Feed Regulation. By J.B.F.C. van Assum/M. Hennecken, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Detection, Labeling and Monitoring of GMOs in China. By Dabing Zhang, School of Life Science and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China
  • Developments in Detection Methods for GMOs Using Microarray Technology. By E.J. Kok, RIKILT - Institute of Food Safety, Wageningen UR, The Netherlands
  • European Union Activities in Development and Validation of Detection Methods for GMOs. By Stephen Langrell, European Commission Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Ispra, Italy
  • Development of GMO Reference Materials. By S. Trappman/ H. Schimmel, European Commission Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials, IRMM, Geel, Belgium
  • Control Measures and Experiences with Detection of GM food products. By E. Laurensse and K. Visser, Food Inspection Service Amsterdam, Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • EU Framework 6 and 7: Biosafety Research Possibilities. By H. Marvin, RIKILT - Institute of Food Safety, Wageningen UR, The Netherlands
  • General Discussion

Day 2 - June 2nd, 2005

  • Development of joint research proposals and identification of research programmes/sponsor organizations ( EU Specific Support Actions (SSA), Framework Programme 7 etc)
  • Planning of activities for the establishment of a joint data base for GM constructs and products
  • Planning of activities to set-up joint training programmes for detection and safety evaluation and traceability of GM food crops and derived foods/feed.