EFSA: GM feed does not affect eggs
A new report from the European Food Safety Authority
shows that there is no evidence the genetically modified (GM) animal feed can
have a harmful effect on meat and eggs.
The EFSA research followed a call from the European Commission after a
petition had been lodged to have meat, milk, and eggs from animals that have
been fed genetically modified feed labelled. The commission wanted to know if
transgenes or their products could be incorporated into animal tissues.
Effect on humans
The study also looked at whether the DNA from GM foods could also be
absorbed by humans. The study said that for humans the "recombinant DNA did not
survive passage through the intact gastrointestinal tract of healthy human
subjects fed GM soya". The study adds that the rapid breakdown of DNA and
proteins during digestion reduces the chance of them being absorbed intact into
the muscle, milk, or eggs of animals.
"After ingestion, a rapid degradation into short DNA or peptide fragments
is observed in the gastrointestinal tract or animals and humans," the report
states. "To date, a large number of experimental studies with livestock have
shown that recombinant DNA fragments or proteins derived from GM plants have not
been detected in tissues, fluids or edible products of farm animals like
broilers, cattle, pigs or quails."
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