Construct-specific PCR test for Recently Detected Unapproved GM Flax/Linseed FP967/CDC Triffid Now Available
In September 2009 the EU Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) reported numerous findings of the GM linseed/flax variety FP967/CDC Triffid which is unapproved in the EU. This unapproved GM Flax was discovered in cereal and bakery products in Germany.
FP967/CDC Triffid is resistant to sulphonylurea-based herbicides and was developed by the University of Saskatchewan, Crop Development Centre Canada. Canada supplies approximately 70% of the total flax/linseed utilized in the EU annually.
Because neither a safety assessment by the EU nor an application for approval has been submitted for this GMO, the zero tolerance applies. This means any raw material or flax/linseed derivative analyzed to be positive for FP967/CDC Triffid is not marketable in the EU.
Genetic ID has quickly developed a construct-specific test system for this GMO according to the guidelines of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and made it available to surveillance authorities and the JRC.
In Europe and the United States, Genetic ID laboratories have included this unapproved GM linseed/flax construct-specific test system to their accreditation scope under DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025.
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