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Before any genetically enhanced crop is approved for commercial sale, it must be shown to be at least as safe as its conventionally bred equivalent. Governmental authorities regulate the safety testing and assessment of genetically enhanced crops according to well-established scientific guidelines and based on the recommendations from intergovernmental agencies.


Only when the relevant government experts are fully satisfied with the results of extensive scientific studies, will they recommend a GM crop be given clearance to be planted commercially and used in food and animal feed.


The safety tests that are performed examine the potential effects when used for human food (for example allergenicity, toxicity, nutritional changes), for animal feed (for example, nutritional changes, toxicity) and potential effects on the environment (effects on non-target insects, gene transfer, and so on).