Experts discuss genetically modified food

ABU DHABI - More than 20 representatives from GCC countries and around 25 food experts from the UAE on Tuesday discussed genetically modified food and its impact on consumers.

By Anwar Ahmad

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Published: Thu 28 Aug 2008, 1:08 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:10 PM

Organised by the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), a two-day conference on "GCC committee for genetically modified food" began here Tuesday with the objective of framing a unified regulation under the umbrella of the International Organisation for Food Security, Codex, a WHO organisation.

Some experts believe genetically modified food poses no unique health risks.

In her keynote speech, Dr Mariam Harib Sultan Al Yousuf, executive director of Policy and Regulation Sector at the ADFCA, said, "This initiative aims at discussing this serious issue and its various dimensions. Genetically modified food, which is more accurately called genetically engineered food, has recently drawn much attention worldwide. But its positive and negative impacts are being debated."

Mustafa Al Ghazali, manager of the General Food Inspection Department at the ADFCA, said, "Food security for such products needs to be approved. Codex has released some guidelines, so GCC countries want to discuss how to put these products into the GCC market." As for the harmful effects of genetically modified food, Al Ghazali said, "There is no evidence of any harmful impact, but only speculations."

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