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What is the necessity for GMO food testing?

Today genetically modified crops are cultivated on a large scale in several parts of the world. At the same time food regulations for GMO products vary from country to country. This means it becomes necessary for companies that export foods and feed that contain GMO content need to get food testing done from a food lab that is accredited for GMO food testing.

GMO food testing identifies the nature of the product along the entire supply chain. This ensures that the manufacturer is in compliance with import and labelling regulations for GMO foods and animal feeds. GMO feed and food testing is a necessary requirement if you are exporting food or feed to

The European Union
South Korea
New Zealand

The food laws in these countries necessitate the labelling of all approved GMO foods as unapproved varieties are not allowed to be imported into these countries. Even for  approved GMO varieties thereare thresholds laid down so any product that contains GMO content therefore, needs labels saying ‘containing or derived from GMO’. The labelling threshold for food products ranges from 0.9% in the European Union to 5% in Japan, 1 % in Australia and New Zealand and 3% for South Korea.GMO analysis in an accredited food lab is therefore carried out according to the intended market for the product.

In India an accredited NABL – ISO/IEC 17025 food lab that is approved by the Export Inspection Council of India GMO for GMO testing of numerous agricultural products and commodities is the ideal food lab to get your GMO products tested.This kind of food lab will take into account the GMO approval situation of the raw materials and also the regulatory climate of the country where the final products will be marketed. A food lab that has participated in an International Proficiency Program for the detection of GMO is at an advantage for food testing in international trade of GMO products.

Commercially planted GMO crops have expanded and include beet sugar, chicory, corn, cotton, flax, melon, papaya, mustard, potato, rapeseed, rice, soybean, squash, tomato, barley etc. GMO testing and analysis by companies that use these foods in their products has therefore become necessary. Food labs that have a pool of knowledgeable expertise in the field of analysis will help clients choose the right testing programme for their needs to get the correct analysis.

A food testing programme that has been carefully designed by the approved food lab will ensure that companies are meeting regulations that keep consumers safe. Food labs also understand which technology; the DNA based technology or the ELISA based testing is more appropriate.  Food labs that use the DNA REAL TIME PCR based technology, get more accurate results as in this test the DNA of the plant as well as the DNA of the promoter are targeted. This testing is sensitive and the results are fool proof as companies can get to know if the product contains GMO content and the percentage of GMO present.