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Critique And Proposals

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Current international and domestic regulatory efforts for genetically modified organism (GMOs) and infectious disease illustrate the lack of connectivity between these two disciplines. The Biosafety Protocol and the International Health Regulations (IHR) may seem to be exceptions, because these two instruments specifically address GMOs and infectious disease, but both documents still suffer from the same drawbacks as other international conventions. Controlling or anticipating the element of human choice is incredibly difficult to regulate in issues of public health, food safety, and consumer choice, and is an aspect generally ignored in discussions involving GMOs and infectious disease. Effective regulation of GMOs relies on the detection, containment, and control mechanisms provided by public health systems. Food safety and foodborne disease is the most prolific area, both domestically and internationally, dealing with GMOs and their place in the global marketplace.

Keywords: Biosafety Protocol; foodborne disease; genetically modified organism (GMOs); International Health Regulations (IHR)

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