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The Application of Metabolic Profiling to the Safety Assessment of GM Foods

Institutions
University of London - Royal Holloway
Start date
2001
End date
2005
Objective
This research project aims to investigate the application of metabolic profiling for comparing GM crops with non-GM crops.It is hoped that this project will:

1. develop and validate accurate and reproducible extraction protocols for foods and food crops;

2. extend existing mass spectral libraries to encompass crop metabolomes and to enhance data processing;

3. develop sensitive, high throughput comparisons of metabolites of GM and non-GM lines of tomatoes and tomato products; and

4. apply this technology to other food crops such as potato and soya.

More information
This project aims to determine the global metabolites of GM and non-GM foods using improved gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS) and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry-mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) technology to enhance current techniques used to assess unintended effects.

Find more about this project and other FSA food safety-related projects at the Food Standards Agency Research webpage.

Funding Source
Food Standards Agency
Project number
G02005
Categories
Sanitation and Quality Standards
Commodities
Produce