African Journal of
Food Science

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Food Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0794
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJFS
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 817

Full Length Research Paper

Monitoring of genetically modified food in Saudi Arabia

Ahmed L. Abdel-Mawgood1,3*, Mustafa A. Gassem2,3, Abdullah A. Alsadon1, Salem Safar Alghamdi1 and Abdullah A. Al-Doss1
1Plant Production Department, Faculty of Food and Agricultural Sciences, King Saud University, P. O. Box 2460, Riyadh, 11451, Saudi Arabia. 2Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, Faculty of Food and Agricultural Sciences, King Saud University, P. O. Box 2460, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia. 3Center of Excellence in Biotechnology Research, King Saud University, P. O. Box 2460, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia.
Email: [email protected]

  • Article Number - 82D9A3425308
  • Vol.4(8), pp. 536 - 540, August 2010
  •  Accepted: 31 March 2010
  •  Published: 31 August 2010

Abstract

Growing global cultivation and trading of genetically modified (GM) crops has led to increasing complexity in managing identity preservation of diverse agriculture commodities in food chain. In Saudi Arabia, public has expressed desire of having informed choice in what they are eating. This is the first study conducted to survey for the presence of genetically modified food in the Saudi Arabian markets. A total of two hundred and two samples were tested. Twenty products were found to be positive: 16 samples, three samples of corn or corn products and one sample of potato. The ground meat samples were positive as a result of added soybean. Two of the three corn samples were pop corn and corn starch, of which both were positive for the presence of the 35S promoter only. The third corn sample was a product known in the market as mixed nuts, was positive for both the 35S promoter and (NOS) terminator. The sample of potato (which was positive) was positive for both the 35S promoter and (NOS) terminator. 

Key words: Genetically modified organisms, diagnosis, real time polymerase chain reaction, food, survey, Saudi Arabia.

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