Should genetically modified foods be abandoned on the basis of allergenicity?

Stephanie Bachas-Daunert, Sapna K. Deo

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Abstract

A major concern which is being focused upon globally is whether genetically modified (GM) foods should be abandoned on the basis of allergenicity. Although no allergenic effects have been found relative to the genetically modified foods on the market, scientific testing has shown allergic responses to new genetically engineered foods in the development stages. However, with modern technology, this issue can be managed and addressed, leading to an even larger variety of safe GM foods. The potential risks associated with the genetic alteration of foods can be avoided with careful screening and testing and biotechnology, leaving a crop with several humanitarian benefits. Biotechnology can serve a multitude of humanitarian purposes, ranging from decreased use of pesticides to increased nutritional value, improving both food and the environment. The future of GM foods thereby holds much promise, and the rare cases of allergenicity should not impede upon this scientific development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-346
Number of pages6
JournalAnalytical and bioanalytical chemistry
Volume392
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry

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