The original report covers a range of issues from what is involved in genetic modification and how it is regulated, to possible ecological concerns. It also discusses issues surrounding gene transfer, allergenicity and toxicity, and labelling of foods. It provides recommendations for future policy in this area, including the formation of an over-arching regulatory body to monitor developments and policy.

The update focuses on the effects that GM foods might have on human health and using the principle of substantial equivalence in GM food safety testing. Developments on the environmental aspects of GM crops will be reviewed at a later date.


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