Genetically engineered foods: Implications for food allergy

Steve L. Taylor, Susan L. Hefle

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Abstract

The products of agricultural biotechnology, including such common foods as corn and soybeans, are already reaching the consumer marketplace. Consumer exposure to such foods is already fairly significant, particularly in the USA. Thus far, no reports exist regarding allergic reactions to the crops that have been approved for introduction into the food supply. These crops have been modified to only a minor extent by comparison with their traditional counterparts, and the level of expression of new and novel proteins is quite low. Thus, consumer exposure to these novel proteins is very low and unlikely to result in allergic sensitization. Nevertheless, foods produced through agricultural biotechnology must be assessed for safety, including their potential allergenicity, before they may be approved by worldwide regulatory agencies for entry into the food supply. However, the adequacy of the current approach to the assessment of the potential allergenicity of foods produced through agricultural biotechnology has been the subject of considerable scientific and regulatory debate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-252
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent opinion in allergy and clinical immunology
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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