Int'l Biosafety Event in Basel/Switzerland

Reinhard Doelz / Biocomputing / +41 61 267 2247 doelz at urz.unibas.ch
Wed Aug 24 14:53:17 EST 1994


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             B a s e l     F o r u m    o n    B i o s a f e t y 

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                               October 18, 1994



              Biosafety of foods derived by modern biotechnology

                    ZLF (Zentrum fuer Lehre und Forschung),
               Grosser Hoersaal, Hebelstrasse 20, CH-4055 Basel 





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SCOPE

A longtime experience in production, treatment and consumption of foods 
is the basis for their safety. The introduction of modern biotechnology 
in food production raises questions in the public mind about its safety. 
The Basel Forum on Biosafety 1994 will survey current efforts to balance 
the safety concerns of the public with what is scientifically established 
about health issues and the safety of foods derived by modern biotechnology. 

The scientific approaches for safety assessment of the Netherlands, Great 
Britain and the United States will be presented as well as the OECD concept
 of "substantial equivalence". By focusing on genetically modified plant 
products, safety issues will be discussed, that have been raised about the
 use of antibiotic resistance marker genes or about possible effects of 
recombinant technologies on plant metabolism. The programme will be completed 
by a presentation of the EU regulatory framework on the safety of novel 
foods. The topics will be reviewed by experts representing relevant working 
groups, and emphasis will be placed on interactive discussion of safety 
issues by participants representing a wide variety of interest.



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Organized and supported by:

	Agency for Biosafety Research and Assessment of Technology Impacts 
	of the Swiss Priority Progamme Biotechnology (BATS), Basel
	Swiss National Science Foundation, Bern
	Federal Office of Health, Bern

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 REGISTRATION INFORMATION

o The Meeting will be held on October 18, 1994. The fee for attending is 
	SFr. 150.-(SFr. 170.- cash at registration respectively) including 
        refreshments and lunch. For not industry affiliated participants 
        no fee is charged.
	
o The Meeting will be located at Grosser Hoersaal of the ZLF (Zentrum fuer
	Lehre und Forschung), Hebelstrasse 20, 4056 Basel 


o Car parking: City Parking, entrance Schanzenstrasse. Note: Since parking
	is limited, public transport is recommended.

o Registration will start at 8.30 a.m.. Lectures will begin at 9.30 a.m. and 
	finish at 5.00 p.m.

o Registration fee of SFr. 150.- should be transferred to the Postal Account
	PC 40-140827-6, BATS, Missionstrasse 32, CH-4055 Basel. 
	Cash payment will also be accepted.
	
o Registration deadline: September 15, 1994


For accommodation, please contact:
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	Basel Tourist Office, Schifflaende 5, CH-4001 Basel, 
        Tel: ++41 61 261 50 50;
	Fax: ++41 61 261 59 44


For further information, please contact:
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        BATS
        Dr. Elisabeth Schulte
        Missionsstrasse 32
        CH-4055 Basel, Switzerland

        Tel: ++41 61 321 02 34
        Fax: ++41 61 321 02 68


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             B a s e l     F o r u m    o n    B i o s a f e t y 

             ===================================================

                               October 18, 1994



              Biosafety of foods derived by modern biotechnology

                    ZLF (Zentrum fuer Lehre und Forschung),
               Grosser Hoersaal, Hebelstrasse 20, CH-4055 Basel 




PROGRAMME				DRAFT


09.30 - 09.45	Welcome 
	Prof. M. Burger, Swiss Priority Programme Biotechnology, 
        Friedrich-Miescher-Institut, Basel
	Dr. O. Kaeppeli, Biosafety Research and Assessment of Technology 
        Impacts, Basel

09.45 -10.30	Food safety - food quality. Traditional production and 
        modern biotechnology.
	Prof. I. L. Goldman, Department of Horticulture (speaker) and 
	Prof. M. Pariza, Food Research Institute
	University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States 

10.30 -11.00	Break

11.00 -11.45	Safety assessment of genetically modified microorganisms
  	and their products. 
	Prof. Dr. M. Teuber, Institute of Food Microbiology, Swiss Federal 
        Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland

11.45 -12.30	Safety assessment of genetically modified plant products. 
	Case study: Bacillus thuringiensis-toxin tomato.
	Dr. H. Noteborn, State Institute for Quality Control of Agricultural 
        Products, Department of Toxicology and Risk Assessment, Wageningen, 
        The Netherlands

12.30 -12.45	Discussion

12.45 -14.00	Lunch

14.00 -14.45	Safety determination of the kanr marker gene for use in 
	tomato, cotton and oilseed rape. 
        Case study: Flavr Savr (TM) tomato.
	Dr. K. Redenbaugh, Regulatory Affairs, Calgene Inc., Davis, 
        United States

14.45 -15.00	Break

15.00 -15.45	OECD food safety concept "Substantial Equivalence".
	Dr. D. Jonas, Biotechnology & Novel Food Branch, Ministry of 
        Agriculture, Fisheries & Food, London, United Kingdom
 
15.45 -16.15	Regulatory framework for novel food and novel food 	
        ingredients in the European Union.
	K. Schreiber, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
	
16.15 -17.00	Final Discussion		


	




Fachstelle BATS
Missionsstrasse 32

CH-4055 Basel (Switzerland)



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