Consumers have the right to know if the food they eat is safe, regardless of how it is produced or developed. Today several companies produce genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which lack studies and research to ensure the necessary safety. The European Council Regulation (EC) (No. 834/2007) regulates the use and labeling of GMO in food and feed (European labeling requirements 1829/2003 and 1830/2003).
ALScreen GMO Detection is a premium quality molecular biology solution to provide the general laboratory and research personnel an easy and ready-to-use kit for the detection of GMOs. Screening of samples is performed through the detection of regulatory sequences often introduced in genetically modified plants, using the PCR technique. Because of its extensive use in the first generation of GMO, detection of the cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV) 35S promoter and Agrobacterium tumefaciens nopaline synthase (NOS) terminator are the most used target genes for GMO screening in routine testing analysis. In addition, the Figwort mosaic virus 34S promoter (pFMV) gene can also be screened, as a consequence of the fact that the CaMV 35S promoter and the NOS terminator genes are absent in some new transgenic constructs. The kit combines the gold standard screening method, based on the detection of the CaMV 35S promoter and the NOS terminator genes by Real-Time PCR, described in ISO 21569:2005, with the detection of FMV promoter.