Current methods for assessing safety of genetically modified crops as exemplified by data on Roundup Ready soybeans

Toxicol Pathol. 2002 Jan-Feb;30(1):117-25. doi: 10.1080/01926230252824806.


Several laboratories have used recombinant DNA technology in plant breeding to improve compositional, processing, and agronomic characteristics of plants. These transformed plants have been extensively tested in field trials, have gained full regulatory approvals and are currently being marketed in a number of countries around the world. This paper briefly summarizes the approach used to assure the safety of foods and feeds derived from these genetically modified crops, as exemplified by data on Roundup Ready soybeans that has been developed by Monsanto Company using biotechnology in order to confer tolerance to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, by the production of the CP4 enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase protein. The results of the studies demonstrate that Roundup Ready soybeans are as safe as traditional soybeans with respect to food and feed safety.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Agriculture
  • Animals
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
  • Glycine / analogs & derivatives*
  • Glycine / toxicity*
  • Herbicides / toxicity*
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Plants, Genetically Modified / genetics*
  • Soybean Proteins / chemistry
  • Soybean Proteins / genetics
  • Soybean Proteins / toxicity*
  • Soybeans / adverse effects*
  • Soybeans / chemistry
  • Soybeans / genetics*


  • Herbicides
  • Soybean Proteins
  • glyphosate
  • Glycine