All genetically-modified (GM) foods to be marketed in the European Union, as well as animal feed, are subject to a mandatory pre-market safety assessment under the GM food and feed Regulation (EC) No.1829/2003 before they can be permitted to enter the food chain. This safety assessment is carried out on a case by case basis and is the responsibility of the European Food Safety Authority.
The safety evaluation of GM food and feed is based on a rigorous scrutiny of scientific data. No GM product would be authorised if, after it was evaluated, it was considered unsafe. GM products that are authorised in the EU have been examined under these procedures, have been judged to be as safe as their non-GM counterparts and pose no additional risk to the consumer.