More testing please, biotech companies! If there is no apparent difference between a GE food and its natural counterpart, it is assumed to be safe according to present regulations. Only a limited set of characteristics needs to be compared. If this testing reveals no difference, the GE food is considered to be 'substantially equivalent'. Then no testing is required to make sure there are no harmful substances present which could appear unexpectedly due to GE. To be fair, traditional cross breeding can produce food crops which contain unexpected toxins too so new varieties of food plant need to be tested whether produced by GE or by traditional cross breeding.

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