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GM Soy – New Upcoming Genetically Modified Soybeans Require New Test Strategies

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Oct. 2018. New genetically modified (GM) soybeans are being approved and commercialised. To detect these varieties new tests and strategies have to be used in the analysis of soy containing products.

Development of the Global Planting of Genetically Modified Organisms

The main GM crops that are being commercially cultivated are soy, cotton, corn and canola. The global planting of GM soy reached a total of 77% of the world's soybean acreage. The cultivation of GM soybeans dominates in the main soy producing countries. In 2017, GM soy in the USA, Brazil and Argentina accounted for over 90% of the respective soy cultivation area. The EU produces only small amounts of soybeans itself and imports soybeans and soybean meal mainly from South and North America.

GM Soy Assay Packages from Eurofins

The dominant cultivation of GM soy in the main producing countries is increasingly leading to GMO traces in raw materials, food and animal feed. Quantitative methods, through which determinations regarding the possible labeling requirements or the marketability can already be made in the first step of GMO analysis, therefore, increasingly replace the classic qualitative screening methods.

The reliable GM soy assay packages from Eurofins are continuously updated to cover the commercialized and / or approved GM soybean events. This ensures the reliable detection of all important events, including those that do not contain the common screening elements, e. g. FG72 and 305423 (Plenish) soybean, which are already cultivated in North America.

Consultation and Individual Analysis

Eurofins offers a comprehensive analytical spectrum for the qualitative and quantitative detection of GM soy. For more complex sample types, individual, customised analysis strategies can be set up that also take into account special customer and import requirements (e.g. Turkey).

Further Information

Do you have questions concerning the current approval situation and recommended analysis strategies? Please do not hesitate to contact our expert Ulf RathjensWe will also be pleased to send you our free customer information 'GMO Soybean - Approvals, Planting Area and Detection'.