GMO Analysis

What are GMOs?

Products derived from crops with artificially altered genetic material (DNA) such as wheat, maize and soybean.

International regulatory policies have been developed in order to control the use and handling of GMOs:

    - Authorizing the types of GMOs that are approved for food, feed and/or cultivation

    - Setting up labeling threshold for the authorized GMOs quantity.

How do we test GMOs?

GMOs are detected by using DNA based methods where the main target is the inserted/modified DNA sequence.

Qualitative and quantitative Real-Time PCR methods are applied in our GMOs testing facility. All are validated by ISO and/or the European Union Reference Laboratory for GM Food and Feed. GMO analysis requires 5 to 10 working days and the testing strategy encompasses the following steps:

    1. Sampling (EN/TS 21568)
    2. DNA extraction (ISO 21571:2005)
    3. Screening (ISO 21570:2005)

A “general” test determines if a sample contains GMOs of any GM derived material. When a sample shows a positive result, the identity of the potential GM type(s)/event(s) is further investigated.
     4. Identification (ISO 21569:2005)

A series of “specific” tests identify potential GM event in a sample in order to check if the potential GM event(s) is/are authorized or not.

    5. Quantification (ISO 21569:2005)

A specific test quantifies the amount of GM event(s) with respect to the total DNA content in a sample in order to determine if the tested sample should be labeled or not.

Who should test for GMOs?

AUST ISO 17025 accredited GMO testing laboratory provides comprehensive GMOs analysis for all types of plant-derived samples (food, feed, seeds…). Our services are offered for:

   - Public organizations

   - Private organizations

   - Non-governmental organizations

   - Research institutes