For some ingredients, specific rules apply on how food safety should be assessed, as in the case of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The mandatory safety assessment of GMOs in Europe is very strict and detailed.

Omics' technologies

Animal testing is still a standard component of food safety assessments. However, RIKILT is working on more informative, analytical alternatives, which will ultimately make animal testing obsolete. For this purpose, advanced 'omics' technologies are used.