Like other genetically modified (GM) crops, Golden Rice is undergoing rigorous safety evaluations by regulators throughout its development. For example, in the Philippines, all GM research and development under contained conditions are overseen by the Department of Science and Technology - National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines. The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) strictly monitors field trials, coordinates evaluation of biosafety information, and approves GM crops if appropriate.
Golden Rice will be available to farmers and consumers only after it has been determined to be safe for humans, animals, and the environment and authorized for propagation and consumption by the appropriate regulatory authorities. Therefore, Golden Rice, if and when released, will be deemed to be as safe as other rice.
The national regulatory requirements of the Philippines and other countries are based on internationally established guidelines and procedures for the safe use of genetically modified crops, including the Codex Alimentarius, OECD Consensus Documents, and the Cartagena Biosafety Protocol.
For more information, see:
- Codex Alimentarius: Principles and Guidelines for Food Safety Assessment of Foods derived from Modern Biotechnology
- World Health Organization: 20 Questions on genetically modified foods