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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Consensus Document on POTATO Composition (Solanum tuberosum)

The OECD releases a Consensus Document on POTATO Composition (Solanum tuberosum)


POTATO, whose tubers are used worldwide for foods, feeds and industrial uses, is the fourth global staple crop after rice, wheat and maize. This consensus document, a revision of the original 2002 publication, includes the latest information on the composition of potato such as nutrients, toxicants, allergens, anti-nutrients and other plant metabolites. It also suggests constituents to be analysed when conducting safety assessment of new varieties related to food and feed uses. It provides a technical tool for regulatory officials as a general guide and reference source, and also for industry and other interested parties.




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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