Foods Derived From Biotechnology

Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods Derived from Biotechnology (Host Government – Japan)

The 27th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission July 2004 agreed to establish a new Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods Derived from Biotechnology with the understanding that its final report should be submitted to the Commission in 2009. The Commission adopted the terms of reference with a few amendments as outlined in Alinorm 04/27/41 Appendix VIII.

Existing Codex Standards

Standards and guidelines relating to food derived from biotechnology* that have been endorsed and adopted into the international food code:

  • Principles for the Risk Analysis of Foods Derived from Modern Biotechnology
  • Guideline for the Conduct of Food Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Recombinant-DNA Animals
  • Annex: Food Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Recombinant–DNA Plants Modified for Nutritional or Health Benefits
  • Annex: Food Safety Assessment in Situations of Low–level Presence of Recombinant-DNA Plant Material in Foods

*This is an indicative list only. For a full list of standards approved by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, please consult its Official List of Standards.

Next Meeting

No further session of the Task Force is foreseen. Should the need for another session of the Task Force arise the host government will make necessary arrangements in consultation with the Codex Secretariat.

Last reviewed:
07 Nov 2011