Ilona Kryspin Sørensen

Ilona Kryspin Sørensen


National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark

Division for Risk Assessment and Nutrition
Group for Chemical Risk Assessment and GMO

Technical University of Denmark


Building 201, room 003

2800 Kgs. Lyngby

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The use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for food production has been a topic of great debate both nationally and internationally for the past 30 years. There is an international consensus that the use of GMOs in agriculture, food production and in the medical industry shall be encompassed by an environmental and health risk assessment which is in agreement with the adopted guidelines or laws in the given countries .My duty is to perform health risk assessments of genetically modified viruses, animals and plants under the Danish Law on the Environment and Gene Technology. I am an adviser for the Danish Environmental Ministry concerning the health aspects of genetically modified viruses developed for the production of vaccines and for human gene therapy. I  also assess the health risks of genetically-modified animals used for research and food production ( for example transgenic fish).  I have served for 6 years as a GMO Panel member in the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). At present I am a member of EFSAs GMO Working Group where I am involved in the risk assessment of genetically modified plants used for food and feed production. My research activities are devoted to the development and implementation of new screening methods for GMO control. In my research group we are developing modern methodology for measurements and detection of GMOs in food products.My group is accredited by DANAK for the measurement of GMO content and the detection of accidental contamination of food by GMOs according to the Danish regulations.
29 OCTOBER 2020