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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 have been identified and characterised. In a second step an analysis on how they relate to the scientific aspects has followed. The overall approach was 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 have been elaborated as case studies:  the artificial sweetener Aspartame and Bisphenol A, a compound used in polycarbonate plastics.

 

The draft analytical framework for the comparative analysis and the selection of case studies have been 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 has been brought together and the role of normative dimensions for the justification of long-term studies will be discussed.
 

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