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The World in Medicine
August 8, 2001

Global Food Safety

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JAMA. 2001;286(6):663. doi:10.1001/jama.286.6.663-JWM10007-4-1

The United Nations body charged with developing guidelines for food safety agreed last month on global guidelines for risk assessment of genetically modified foods.

The Codex Alimentarius Commission—a subsidiary of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization—"agreed in principle" that the safety of food derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) should be tested and approved by governments before entering the market. The group stressed that particular attention should be given to testing GMO foods for their potential to cause allergic reactions.

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