The Sugar Industry Biotech Council provides science-based information regarding biotechnology and other technological advances in sugar beet and sugar cane crops. These images illustrate safe, pure and wholesome sugar and the livestock that can benefit from safe feed produced from sugar beets improved through biotechnology. Food and feed produced from sugar beets improved through biotechnology are as safe and nutritious as the comparable products from other sugar beets.

Food and Feed Safety

Biotechnology has been used for more than a decade to improve the world’s food supply.

The safety of biotechnology-enhanced crops, such as Roundup Ready® crops, has been established through comprehensive scientific studies that are reviewed by national and international regulatory authorities and their scientific advisers. These studies demonstrate that biotech traits have not changed the food, feed or environmental safety of the approved crop products. Additionally, independent scientific analyses conducted by internationally recognized laboratories utilizing state-of-the-art scientific methods showed that the sugar from Roundup Ready sugar beets is identical to the sugar from other, comparably grown sugar beets.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) consultation on Roundup Ready sugar beets confirmed that Roundup Ready sugar beets and end-products derived from those sugar beets are substantially equivalent to, and as safe and nutritious as, the food and feed products derived from today’s conventional sugar beets. Additionally, regulatory agencies in key export markets have reviewed Roundup Ready sugar beets and confirmed the same information.

Examples include:

  • Health Canada
  • European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Opinion of the Scientific Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms
  • The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF)
  • Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)
Roundup® and Roundup Ready® are registered trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC.

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