Comments on the European Food Safety Authority revised ‘Guidance on the risk assessment of genetically modified microorganisms and their food and feed products’
EFSA published her first ‘Guidance for the risk assessment of genetically modified microorganisms (GMMs) and their derived products intended for food and feed use’ in October 2006. This guidance is currently under revision. The draft version of the revised guidance is now open for public consultation.
EFSA defines the scope of the guidance as ‘providing guidance for the scientific risk assessment of GMMs, and food and/or feed containing, consisting of, produced from and produced with GMMs’. EFSA distinguishes four categories of GMMs, ranging from chemically defined purified compounds produced with GMMs to pure cultures of viable GMMs.