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As the FSA continued to build its science and evidence base after Brexit, it said the report​  – which was commissioned in summer 2020 – would help set out what systems operate around the world to regulate the international trade of these products.

“As a responsible and independent government regulator, with consumer interests at heart, it is vital that we continue to carry out research into all elements of the food system – and we are open and transparent in doing so,”​ said FSA chief scientific adviser professor Robin May.

“We are committed to retaining the highest possible food standards. Any possible changes to regulatory processes, whether relating to GMOs, novel foods or anything else, would be a decision for ministers but we provide advice based on the very latest science and evidence available, ensuring that our absolute priority remains protection of public health.”

DEFRA consultation on genetic technologies

Meanwhile, the FSA said it awaited the publication of the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs’s (DEFRA’s) consultation into the regulation of genetic technologies as a whole, due later this summer.

Countries selected for novel foods review in the dossier​, which was put together by Campden BRI, include Australia, Canada, Japan, and the US. The focus is on their approach to ‘novelty’ determination, authorisation processes, differences in terminology, safety standards, and evidence-based requirements.

In the regulatory approaches for GMOs, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, and the US were selected as best representing key differences.

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