Europe and substantially equivalent
The article has this sentance "In Europe, the capability to classify a novel food as being "substantially equivalent" no longer justifies a lack of safety assessments." My question is - did Europe ever let substantial equivlance take the place of saftey assesments? Ttguy 21:51, 24 April 2006 (UTC)
- Please see the references given for this article in Nature. In this article, Erik Millstone et al. state that the "substantial equivalence" approach has meant 'that if a GM food can be characterized as substantially equivalent to its 'natural' antecedent, it can be assumed to pose no new health risks and hence to be acceptable for commercial use'. In other words, once "substantial equivalence" is proven no safety assessment was necessary.--Nicholas 12:45, 25 April 2006 (UTC)
Could we have a reference to justify this statment The European regulatory process now places much more emphasis on identifying the unintended consequences of genetic modification. Ttguy 22:01, 24 April 2006 (UTC)
USA and substantial equivalence
I think it is a miss characterisation of the situation in the USA to suggest that subtaintial equivalence ever took the place of saftey assesments. The FDA from day one had a policy of using substantial equivalence as the starting point for saftey assesments - not the end point. FDA Statement of Policy: Foods Derived From New Plant Varieties
Basically you start off by doing a gross assesment of the new food and if it is completely stuffed up with different levels of toxicants and main food ingredients then the FDA would show you the door. If it passes the subtaintial equivlalence test then the FDA will go on and ask you to show how this food does not contain a new allergen and does not contain a protein that is toxic. Ttguy 21:51, 24 April 2006 (UTC)
the well supported scientific argument
"It also recognised the well supported scientific argument that:" This is non-dictionary language and the argument that GE at this moment is a precise technology is false - read Transformation-induced mutations in transgenic plants: Analysis and biosafety implications . I propose to rewrite this entire paragraph. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Arakrys (talk • contribs) 09:25, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
I'm moving here this. It comes as a POV conclusion to the article, clearly in favour of GM food. This entry is supposed to explain what this principle is, not advocate in favor or against GM food. Thanks, Tazmaniacs (talk) 20:19, 23 March 2008 (UTC)
" Regulators are now placing emphasis on identifying the unintended consequences of genetic modification and comparing it with the many unexpected changes that are known to occur in conventional crop varieties. These studies are currently revealing that the extent of unexpected change in GM crop varieties is much less than seen with conventionally bred varieties: that is to say, from this aspect GM food is safer. Substantial equivalence is only the starting point of safety assessment. Better methods for testing composition, metabolic and protein profiles, metabolic activity, antinutrients, toxicity, and allergenicity continue to be developed.
Michael Taylor page
Michael Taylor is now the "senior advisor to the commissioner" of the FDA in the Obama administration. I will start a new page for Mr Taylor's biography.
Merge and delete
This article had tag faulting its content that were four years old. The content was poorly organized and many of the links were dead.
Nearly all the of the content was already covered, and covered better, in two existing articles, Regulation of the release of genetic modified organisms and Regulation of the release of genetic modified organisms.
Following the [[deletion policy"" "If two pages are duplicates or otherwise redundant, one should be merged and redirected to the other, using the most common, or more general page name. This does not require process or formal debate beforehand." and the be bold directive, I read through the article carefully and merged content that was not present in one of those articles, into the relevant article, citing the source in the edit note in order to honor wiki's license policies. Then I deleted the remaining content and created a redirect to the Regulation of the release of genetic modified organisms article. Jytdog (talk) 03:28, 21 September 2012 (UTC)
Issues section lacking info
The issues section should not simply state "There have been criticisms of the effectiveness of substantial equivalence." without specifying what those issues are to at least some degree. I think that at least some effort should be made to summarize the concerns that exist regarding "substantial equivalence". I don't see why have to be so vague in this article. --Notcharliechaplin (talk) 07:14, 20 June 2018 (UTC)