Training Workshop on Food Safety Assessment of Agriculture-Related GMOs


On 18 September 2006, BIOTEC held an inauguration of the Training Workshop on Food Safety Assessment of Agriculture-Related GMOs.  This Workshop is a part of "Strengthening Capacity and Regional Cooperation in Advanced Agricultural Science and Technology in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) Project" funded by the Asian Development Bank, with Dr. Shanthu Shantharam serving as Team Leader of the Project.  

The purpose of the workshop is to increase awareness and share the latest information on guidelines, regulations and experiences in GM food safety review and assessment. It includes hands-on safety assessment of GM derived foods using the updated international safety procedures for novel foods based on the concept of “substantial equivalence” by CODEX Alimentarius. The participants would also be exposed to the use of bioreactors and analytical equipment required for analysis of biological products. New methods of food quality determination using electronic nose would also be elaborated.  Click here to view the curriculum.  

The Workshop is attended by 45 participants from six countries covered by the project, namely Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.  

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 (left) Dr. Shanthu Shantharam, Project's Team Leader gave a welcome address to participants. (right) Dr. Pakdee Pothiriri, Secretary-General, Thai FDA deliver an opening address.