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 In the context of the ongoing debate on the risk assessment of GM food/feed in Europe, it is crucial to put the findings of the 2-year feeding study in a perspective that also covers not only normative dimensions.

 

Normative dimensions regarding whole-food animal toxicity studies for GMO risk assessment will be identified and characterised. In a second step an analysis on how they relate to the scientific aspects will follow. The overall approach is to compare the controversy on animal toxicity studies in GMO risk assessment to (i) other science-policy conflicts related to animal toxicity studies in food safety, which will be elaborated as case studies, e.g. radiated food (historical case study), aspartame (food additive), EHEC contamination (food contamination) and (ii) to routine toxicity assessment practice.

 

The draft analytical framework for the comparative analysis and the selection of case studies will be discussed and refined in a mini workshop with external experts. The draft analysis and conclusions will be summarised in a journal manuscript to be discussed and revised based on a combined expert/stakeholder workshop.


In the course of the above-mentioned expert/stakeholder workshop, the results from the analysis of normative dimensions will be brought together and the role of normative dimensions for the justification of long-term studies will be discussed.
 

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G-TwYST Interim Report available

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The G-TwSYT team completed a publicly available Interim report with information about the progress that has been made in the first 1.5 years of the project. The report can be downloaded here.

Value and pitfalls of stakeholderconsultation

17 January 2017

 

In 2013 the Dutch Commission on Genetic Modification (COGEM) published a topic report on alarming studies on the safety of GMOs. COGEM pointed out that while repetition of ‘alarming studies’ is sometimes the only way to reject or confirm the results, stakeholder participation during investigation may increase its social robustness.

In a letter sent to the Secretary of State of Infrastucture and Environment on January 11, 2017 COGEM adds some reflections on the value and possible pitfalls of stakeholder participation based on experiences in and results of the GRACE project.

The COGEM letter states that the involvement of stakeholders in this project has been meticulous and transparent and has finally contributed to the validity of the results also from a broader social perspective. However, COGEM also noticed that some stakeholders were too fixated on their own arguments and vision, that reflection and interaction became difficult. According to COGEM this situation significantly hampered the achievement of broadly supported conclusions. On the basis of this experience COGEM also proposed some guidelines for improving such processes.

 

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Scientific quality criteria (2)

28 November 2016

 

So far, we have received comments on the proposed scientific quality criteria from the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety, Germany (BVL) on October 5th, 2016. The comments can be downloaded here.

 

The G-TwYST research team responded to the BVL comments on November 28th, 2016. The response can be downloaded here.