Will Golden Rice be tested on animals?

The Codex Alimentarius Commission develops international food standards, guidelines, and codes of practice to protect the health of the consumers. We are gathering safety data on Golden Rice in accordance with the Codex guidelines, among which will be data from animal feeding studies that may be required by regulators. IRRI has contracted a professional laboratory in the United States to conduct research that involves feeding Golden Rice to mice for an additional supporting reference in submissions of national regulatory applications as needed.

The study is expected to be completed within 2013, so that the results, along with other appropriate safety studies and data can be submitted to national regulators, beginning in the Philippines.


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