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Non-GMO Expert Highlights New GM Risk To Supply Chain

Expert on Non-­GMO, FoodChain ID Certification Europe has highlighted a new GM risk that may appear in the EU food supply.

Those in the food industry should be alert to CV-127, (known as Cultivance), a new genetically modified soy bean that has been inserted with genes that give it herbicide resistance and can now be legally imported into UK and EU marketplace, under the label ‘soybean’.

“CV127 soybean poses a new challenge for manufacturers and retailers to protect stringent Non­GM practices, supported by robust Non-­GMO certification”, explains Richard Werran, Managing Director of FoodChain ID Certification Europe, the global market leader in Non­-GMO certification. Werran told FoodIngredientsFirst: “Whilst CV127 has been reported as safe for human consumption by the EFSA’s safety assessment, we’re advising customers to revisit their risk assessments. PCR testing protocols will need to be updated as CV127 isn’t detectable by traditional GMO markers. For ingredient suppliers, regular sampling and testing of soybean materials, as well as checking on the compliance of the agents and brokers in their supply chain will be necessary.”

“This is not a GM contamination, CV127 is a fully legal genetically modified soybean product. However, those wishing to keep their ingredient supply GM free should be aware of this new GM strain and take appropriate action in testing for this when testing for other GM strains. New testing protocols will need to be introduced as CV127 isn’t detectable using traditional GM testing. No contamination is being insinuated by FoodChain ID Certification Europe, but companies due diligence may include testing for GM ingredients if they intend to make a Non­GM claim about their product,” he adds. “CV127 is expected to account for 0.2­0.3% percentage of GM soy grown in Brazil alone, even though CV127 was introduced late into the last GM crop planting season,” Werran adds, “CV127 is not expected to reach more than 0.1­0.2% of volume. Regardless this still accounts for a huge metric weight of Cultivance produced in Brazil alone.”

FoodChain ID Certification Europe’s sister company Genetic ID Europe has recently developed a validated detection method for the CV127 GM soy variety. CV127 contains no ‘classic’ GM markers like 35S promoter or NOS terminator so common testing strategies need to be amended with a CV127 specific assay.


Via: Food Ingredients First

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