During Genetically modified food testing. (Supplied Photo)

The test on genetically modified food items is to ensure that the product conforms to the description on the label … reports Asian Lite News.

(Supplied Photo)

The Food and Environment Laboratories Section in the Dubai Central Laboratory of Dubai Municipality has developed and launched a new screening service for genetically modified food items to ensure that the product conforms to the description on the label.

The test is being done using Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (Real Time-PCR), a technique with precision. Tests are conducted by experienced and competent specialists in laboratories, in order to ensure public health and safety and meet the special requirements of the ISO17025 standard of quality and efficiency of laboratories.

Genetically modified foods are defined as those that contain food ingredients that are genetically modified in a way that does not occur naturally, but through the introduction of specific genes from different sources of those components.

It is noteworthy that there are more than 28 genetically modified plants approved internationally using more than 404 types of genetic modification in more than 40 countries in the world. Soybeans and maize are among the most genetically modified plants planted around the world, accounting for more than 80% of the total cultivated area of these plants in the world.

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