The benefits and risks related to consumer access to second generation genetically modified foods


Marie-France Huot


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The study begins in Section 2 with an overview of the history of GM foods. It describes what is entailed by the second generation of these foods, and by GM functional foods. Section 3 is a literature review on GM functional foods. In the following section we present the regulatory and scientific challenges posed by the new generation, in terms of their assessment and marketing, as well as possible solutions to these challenges. This is followed by a discussion of the risks and benefits of these new foods to consumer health. In Section 7, the report addresses consumers’ perceptions and knowledge of GM functional foods. Finally, in our conclusion, we reiterate the important points of the study and present a set of recommendations which, if these foods should be allowed on the market, could be implemented to provide an acceptable level of control that would inspire consumer confidence.

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This research received funding support through the Office of Consumer Affairs' Contributions Program.

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