Genetically Modified (GM) Foods and Other Novel Foods
What are Novel Foods and Genetically Modified (GM) Foods?
Novel Foods are:
- Foods resulting from a process not previously used for food.
- Products that do not have a history of safe use as a food.
- Foods that have been modified by genetic manipulation, also known as genetically modified foods, GM foods, genetically engineered foods or biotechnology-derived foods.
Definition of a "Novel Food" (Food and Drug Regulations).
Health Canada's Role?
Health Canada assesses the safety of all genetically-modified and other novel foods proposed for sale in Canada. Companies are required to submit detailed scientific data for review and approval by Health Canada, before such foods can be sold.
What Information is Available?
Within this section:
- Approvals of novel foods
- Comments on the United States Food and Drugs Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine's "Animal Cloning: a Draft Risk Assessment" (2007)
- Factsheets and frequently asked questions (FAQs)
- Health Canada Position - High Pressure Processing (HPP) Is No Longer a Novel Process
- Health Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Agency statement on the Séralini et al. (2012) publication on a 2-year rodent feeding study with glyphosate formulations and GM maize NK603
- Pre-submission consultation procedures for novel foods, novel feeds and plants with novel traits
- August 2016 - Results of the Consultation on the Food Directorate's Proposed Pre-Market Submission Management Process for Food Additives, Infant Formulas and Novel Foods
- (2016) The Food Directorate's Pre-Market Submission Management Process for Food Additives, Infant Formulas and Novel Foods
- (2018) Guidance for Submitting Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) Data to Support the Pre-Market Assessment of Novel Foods, Novel Feeds and Plants with Novel Traits
In other sections of the website:
- Action Plan of the Government of Canada
- Biotechnology section of Health Canada Web site
- Consultation on the Proposed Domestic Policy and Implementation Framework for the Management of Low-Level Presence (LLP) of Genetically Modified Crops in Imports (2012)
- Food Directorate Interim Policy on Foods from Cloned Animals (2003)
- Guidelines and Policies related to novel foods and novel food fibres
Codex Alimentarius Guidelines
Report a problem or mistake on this page
- Date modified: