Genetic Engineering

Changed on: 09.11.2016

The scientific assessment and analytic monitoring of food safety and safekeeping sustainable, ecologically friendly agriculture and, thus, the yield of Austria’s fields with regards to health in humans, animals and plants is a core task at AGES.

The cultivation of genetically modified plants (GM plants) is prohibited in Austria. However, the cultivation areas for such plants are expanding globally every year. Thus, AGES monitors food and feedstuffs and seeds and develops professional, technical opinions with regards to questions on seed materials, plant cultivation and analytics, as well as on risks regarding health, environment, animal nutrition, biodiversity and humans on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW).

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The scientific assessment and analytic monitoring of food safety and safekeeping sustainable, ecologically friendly agriculture and, thus, the yield of Austria’s fields with regards to health in humans, animals and plants is a core task at AGES.

The cultivation of genetically modified plants (GM plants) is prohibited in Austria. However, the cultivation areas for such plants are expanding globally every year. Thus, AGES monitors food and feedstuffs and seeds and develops professional, technical opinions with regards to questions on seed materials, plant cultivation and analytics, as well as on risks regarding health, environment, animal nutrition, biodiversity and humans on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW).

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Genetic Engineering Q & A

What is genetic engineering, where is it used, differences in use, which features do genetically modified organisms have, …

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Risk Assessment

Risk assessment deals with potential negative effects on health of humans, animals and the environment caused by genetically modified organisms and products made from them.

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GMO Authorisation

GMO products are subject to a special authorisation process before they are allowed  to be sold in the EU.

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Monitoring

GMO products undergo a very extensive test programme in Austria to protect consumer interests.

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Analysis

The routine method for identifying GMOs is currently DNA analysis using Real Time PCR. This method allows the specific identification of seed materials, foods or feed products which may contain any GMO ingredients and which GMOs in particular.

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Research

AGES conducts research projects in the field of genetics to use new findings in the risk assessment of GMOs.

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