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Genetically modified organisms

Common genetically modified plants

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) commonly include soy, maize, rapeseed, and cotton (not used as food).

Labelling of GMO-free food

According to the Council of Ministers of the European Union (EU), all food products containing genetically modified organisms must be labeled, as per Decision No. 1139/98/EC. Additionally, EU Directive 1829/2003 sets the labeling threshold value at 0.9% for both food and feed in the EU.

GMO analysis according to VLOG

For detailed information on VLOG requirements and recommended analytics, please refer to our flyer.

Qualitative GMO detection

National or regional regulations often enforce zero tolerance for non-approved GMO events, necessitating qualitative tests. These tests typically have a detection limit of 0.01%, depending on the matrix and application. Regulation EC 619/2011 applies specifically to animal feeds, allowing a technical threshold value of 0.1% for non-approved GMO events under certain conditions (e.g., expired EU approval, country of origin approval, availability of tests and reference materials).

This is crucial for managing contamination in imports of GMOs and GMO-free maize and soy.

Quantitative GMO detection

For approved GMO events, the quantitative assessment determines whether the product exceeds defined threshold or mandatory labeling values. In Europe, a value of 0.9% applies to the GMO event in the respective plant matrix.

Below this threshold, foodstuffs with technically unavoidable and coincidental GMO contaminations do not need to be declared (EC 2829/2003 and EC 2830/EC). Quantification involves measuring a GMO-specific gene and a plant matrix-specific gene, using a calibration curve derived from a DNA standard. This method calculates the percentage of GMO presence.

GMO screening

Screening for plant extrinsic gene sequences introduced during GMO development efficiently detects the presence of any GMOs.

Typically used gene sequences include:

A screening of plant extrinsic gene sequences, introduced during GMO development, provides evidence of the presence of possible GMOs. The commonly used gene sequences include 35S, NOS, FMV, BAR, and CTP2:CTP4 EPSPS. These sequences and further parameters can be combined modularly or used individually.

SureFood® GMO SCREEN 4plex 35S/NOS/FMV/IAC, Art. No. S2126

SureFood® GMO SCREEN 4plex BAR/NPTII/PAT/CTP2:CP4 EPSPS, Art No. S2127

SureFood® GMO SCREEN 4plex BAR/PAT/CrylAb/IAc/CTP2:CP4 EPSPS, Art. No. S2128

SureFood® GMO SCREEN P35S:BAR Rice, Art. No. S2022

 

The multiplex approach, combined with standardized PCR setup and analysis, enables a streamlined and efficient identification process.

SureFood® GMO Identification Kits

Soya:
SureFood® GMO ID 4plex Soya I, Art. No. S2161
SureFood® GMO ID 4plex Soya II, Art. No. S2162

Corn:
SureFood® GMO ID 4plex Corn I, Art. No. S2170

Canola:
SureFood® GMO ID 4plex Canola I, Art. No. S2166
SureFood® GMO ID 4plex Canola II, Art. No. S2167

Rice:
SureFood® GMO ID Bt63 Rice, Art. No. 2024

Quantification is carried out via the respective quantification of a GMO-specific gene and a plant matrix-specific gene using distinct calibration curves. This process converts the number of GMO plant/matrix DNA copies into a dimensionless unit, which is then multiplied by 100 to yield the percentage value. The calibration curve is created through the dilution of a DNA standard, and a defined GMO material can be precisely specified with an experimental correction factor.

SureFood® GMO Quantification Kits

Soya:
SureFood® GMO QUANT RR2Y Soya, Art. No. S2029
SureFood® GMO QUANT 35S Soya, Art. No. S2028
SureFood® GMO QUANT RoundUp Ready Soya, Art. No. S2014

Corn:
SureFood® GMO QUANT Bt176 Corn, Art. No. S2015
SureFood® GMO QUANT Bt11 Corn, Art. No. S2016
SureFood® GMO QUANT Mon810 Corn, Art. No. S2019
SureFood® GMO QUANT MON863 Corn, Art. No. S2051
SureFood® GMO QUANT MIR162 Corn, Art. No. S2135
SureFood® GMO QUANT T25 Corn, Art. No. S2017
SureFood® GMO QUANT  35S Corn, Art. No. S2020

Canola:
SureFood® GMO QUANT GT73 Canola, Art. No. 2061

These and further parameters can either be combined in a modular way or used individually. The efficiency of the DNA preparation can be verified with a plant-specific PLANT Plus Kit (S2049).

The SureFood® system is highly flexible, consisting of modules for amplification and detection that are compatible and configurable for specific user needs. All modules are compatible. SureFood® is available as both a product and a service.

SureFood® GMO product overview

For a comprehensive overview of our SureFood® GMO test kits, please refer to our free brochure.

Product portfolio

ProductDescriptionNo. of tests/amountArt. No.
SureFood® GMO ID 4plex Soya III

The SureFood® GMO ID 4plex Soya III is a real-time PCR kit for the direct, qualitative detection and differentiation of following specific genetically modified soya DNA sequences: – FG72 soya (OECD unique identifier MST-FGØ72-2) – …

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100 reactions S2164
TANBead Maelstrom™ 4800

The TANBead Maelstrom™ 4800 (Taiwan Advanced Nanotech) is a fully automated operating instrument for nucleic acid purification and isolation using magnetic beads and rods. The instrument uses the TANBead patented Maelstrom Spin Mixing Technology to …

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Up to 48 samples ZMAL48
SureFood® GMO QUANT MON810 Corn

The test detects the relative quantitative MON810 Corn DNA amount. Therefore the kit contains two PCR systems, one specific for the MON810 Corn (OECD unique identifier MON-ØØ81Ø-6) and the other one specific for Corn (the reference gene). The …

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2 x 50 reactions S2019
SureFood® GMO ID DAS-40278-9 Corn

The SureFood® GMO ID DAS-40278-9 Corn is a real-time PCR kit for the direct, qualitative detection of a specific genetically modified corn DNA sequence. Therefore the kit contains an event specific real-time PCR system for the DAS-40278-9 corn (OECD …

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100 reactions S2140
SureFast® Mag PREP Food

The kit is intended to be used for isolation of animal and plant DNA from food and feed as well as bacterial DNA from bacterial culture enrichments with the TANBead® Maelstrom 4800. Standardization and harmonization of methods Reduction of errors …

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96 preparations F1060
SureFood® GMO SCREEN 4plex BAR/PAT/CryIAb/IAc/ CTP2:CP4 EPSPS

The SureFood® GMO SCREEN 4plex BAR/PAT/CryIAb/IAc/CTP2:CP4 EPSPS is a real-time PCR for the direct, qualitative detection and differentiation of following specific genetically modified DNA – sequences. Phosphinothricin-Acetyltransferase gene …

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100 reactions S2128
SureFood® GMO ID 4plex Corn I

The SureFood® GMO ID 4plex Corn I is a real-time PCR for the direct, qualitative detection and differentiation of following specific genetically modified corn DNA sequences:  FAM channel: MON810 corn (OECD unique identifier MON-ØØ81Ø-6) VIC/HEX …

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100 reactions S2170
SureFood® GMO ID 4plex Soya II

SureFood® GMO ID 4plex Soya II is a multiplex real-time PCR for the direct, qualitative detection and differentiation of specific genetically modified soya DNA sequences listed as below: Roundup Ready Soya (RR Soya) (OECD unique identifier …

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100 reactions S2162
SureFood® GMO ID 4plex Canola II

The multiplex test detects the following DNA-sequences of genetically modified canola: – FAM channel: MON88302 canola (OECD unique identifier MON-883Ø2-9) – VIC channel: Canola – ROX channel: DP73496 canola (OECD unique identifier …

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100 reactions S2167
SureFood® GMO ID 4plex Canola I

The multiplex test detects the following DNA sequences of genetically modified canola: FAM channel: MS8 canola (OECD unique identifier ACS-BNØØ5-8) ROX channel: GT73 canola (OECD unique identifier MON-ØØØ73-7) Cy5 channel: T45 canola (OECD …

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100 reactions S2166
SureFood® GMO ID 4plex Soya I

The multiplex test SureFood® GMO ID 4plex Soya I detects the following DNA-sequences of soya: FAM-channel: MON87708 Soja (OECD Bezeichnung MON-877Ø8-9) FAM-channel: CV127 Soja (OECD Bezeichnung BPS-CV127-9) VIC-channel: DP305423 Soja (OECD …

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100 reactions S2161
SureFood® GMO ID CV127 Soya (R&D Version)

Detection of CV 127 Soya.

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100 reactions S2066
SureFood® GMO ID DP305423 Soya (R&D Version)

The test detects DP305423 Soya (OECD unique identifier DP-3Ø5423-1) DNA. The event specific detection is according to the official method of the European Commission. The real-time PCR assay can be used with established real-time PCR instruments …

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100 reactions S2065
SureFood® GMO SCREEN 4plex BAR/NPTII/PAT/CTP2:CP4 EPSPS

This kit can be used for screening of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food, feed and seeds. The multiplex test detects the following DNA-sequences: Phosphinothricin-Acetyltransferase gene (BAR) from Streptomyces hygroscopius …

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100 reactions S2127
SureFood® GMO Plant 4plex Corn/Soya/Canola+IAC

The SureFood® GMO Plant 4plex Corn/Soya/Canola+IAC is a real-time PCR for the direct, qualitative detection and differentiation of following specific corn/soya/canola DNA sequences.

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100 reactions S2158
SureFood® GMO Plant 4plex Corn/Soya/Canola/Cotton

The SureFood® GMO Plant 4plex Corn/Soya/Canola/Cotton is a real-time PCR for the direct, qualitative detection and differentiation of following specific corn/soya/canola/cotton DNA sequences.

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100 reactions S2156
SureFood® GMO QUANT GT73 Canola

SureFood® GMO QUANT GT73 Canola is a real-time PCR for the detection of the relative GT73 canola DNA amount to the total canola DNA content. Therefore, the kit contains two PCR systems, one for detection of a GT73 canola specific gene (OECD unique …

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2 x 50 reactions S2061
SureFood® GMO QUANT MON863 Corn

SureFood® GMO QUANT MON863 Corn is a real-time PCR for the detection of the relative MON863 corn DNA amount to the total corn DNA content. Therefore, the kit contains two PCR systems, one for detection of a MON863 corn-specific gene (YieldGard™ …

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2 x 50 reactions S2051
SureFood® GMO PLANT PLUS

The test detects DNA of plants qualitatively. Each reaction contains an internal amplification control (IAC).    

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100 reactions S2049
SureFood® GMO QUANT MIR162 Corn

The test detects the relative quantitative MIR162-Corn DNA amount. The kit contains two PCR systems, one event-specific for the MIR162-Corn (OECD unique identifier SYN-IR162-4) and the other one specific for Corn (reference system).  

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2 x 50 reactions S2135
SureFood® GMO SCREEN 4plex 35S/NOS/FMV/IAC

This kit can be used for screening of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food, feed and seeds. For this purpose, PCR systems for detection of the 35S Cauliflower Mosaic Virus (CaMV) promoter DNA sequence, A. tumefaciens NOS terminator DNA …

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100 reactions S2126
SureFood® GMO SCREEN CaMV

The test detects CaMV DNA. The presence of CaMV DNA indicates an infestation with the cauliflower mosaic virus. Host of the CaMV are Brassicaceae plants. With the virus specific detection system SureFood® GMO CaMV it is possible to verify the …

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100 reactions S2027
SureFood® GMO QUANT T25 Corn

The test detects the relative quantitative T25-Corn DNA amount. Therefore the kit contains two PCR systems, one specific for the T25-Corn (OECD unique identifier ACS-ZMØØ3-2) and the other one specific for Corn (reference system). The …

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2 x 50 reactions S2017
SureFood® GMO QUANT RR2Y Soya

SureFood® GMO QUANT RR2Y Soya is a real-time PCR for the detection of the relative Roundup Ready 2 Yield® Soya DNA amount (RR2Y soya) to the total soya DNA content. Therefore, the kit contains two PCR systems, one for detection of a RR2Y …

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2×50 reactions S2029
SureFood® GMO QUANT RoundUp Ready Soya

SureFood® GMO QUANT Roundup Ready Soya (RR soya) is a real-time PCR for the detection of the relative RR soya DNA amount to the total soya DNA content. Therefore, the kit contains two PCR systems, one for detection of a RR soya specific gene …

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2×50 reactions S2014
SureFood® GMO QUANT Bt176 Corn

The test detects the relative quantitative Bt176-Corn DNA amount. Therefore the kit contains two PCR systems, one construct specific for the Bt176-Corn (OECD unique identifier SYN-EV176-9) and the other one specific for Corn (reference system). …

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2 x 50 reactions S2015
SureFood® GMO QUANT Bt11 Corn

The test detects the relative quantitative Bt11 Corn DNA amount. Therefore the kit contains two PCR systems, one specific for the event Bt11 Corn (OECD unique identifier SYN-BTØ11-1) and the other one specific for Corn (the reference gene). The …

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2 x 50 reactions S2016
SureFood® GMO QUANT 35S Soya

SureFood® GMO QUANT 35S Soya is a real-time PCR for the detection of the relative 35S CaMV promoter DNA amount to the total soya DNA content in food, feed and seeds. Therefore, the kit contains two PCR systems, one for detection of a 35S CaMV …

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2×50 reactions S2028
SureFood® GMO QUANT 35S Corn

The test is developed for the relative estimation of the 35S CaMV DNA amount in only Corn containing products. Therefore the kit contains two PCR systems, one specific for the 35S CaMV promoter sequence and the other one specific for Corn (the …

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2×50 reactions, whereof 50 reactions are used for the quantification of the reference gene. S2020
SureFood® GMO SCREEN P35S:BAR Rice

The SureFood® GMO SCREEN P35S:BAR Rice is a real-time PCR for the direct, qualitative detection of a specific P35S:BAR constructDNA sequence of P35S:BAR. The LibertyLink 601 (LL601 – OECD unique identifier BCS-OSØØ3-7) Rice and the …

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100 reactions, whereas 50 reactions are used for detection of the reference gene. S2022
SureFood® GMO ID Bt63 Rice

The SureFood® GMO ID Bt63 Rice is a real-time PCR for the direct, qualitative detection of a specific genetically modified Bt63 rice DNA sequence. Therefore, the kit contains a construct specific real-time PCR system for the Bt63 rice (OECD unique …

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2 x 50 reactions S2024
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