Biosafety - BioTrack

Safety of novel foods and feeds and on the harmonisation of regulatory oversight in biotechnology


The OECD work on biosafety and food/feed safety assessment aims to assist countries evaluating the potential risks of transgenic products, ensure high safety standards, and foster mutual understanding of relevant regulations. The brochure presents the activities of the "Working Group on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds” and the "Working Group on Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology".

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Apple composition

The OECD releases a Consensus Document on Compositional Considerations for New Varieties of APPLE (Malus × domestica)

A major fruit crop of temperate regions, APPLE is consumed worldwide as fresh fruit, juice and other food products. Leftovers from apple processing are fed to livestock. This consensus document provides science-based key insights for the safety assessment of novel foods and feeds: detailed composition (nutrients, allergens, toxicants, other metabolites), main products, suggested components for analysis of new apple cultivars for food use and feed use.




Both programmes aim to contribute to the assessment of the safety of products derived from modern biotechnology, a challenging issue as genetically engineered crops are increasingly cultivated worldwide and as human foods and animal feeds derived from such crops are marketed.

The OECD work deals also with plants, trees, animals or microorganisms where modern biotechnology is applied.

Participating countries and observers work together to harmonise approaches and share information used in risk/safety assessment.

The "consensus documents” constitute the main output of the work, as practical and science-based tools relevant to risk/safety assessors and regulators:


OECD at the 2016 convention on biological diversity (COP13)




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