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EcoCerta Licenses Genetic ID Technology for GMO Detection

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Brazilian firm EcoCerta Análises Ambientais has licensed Genetic ID's PCR-based genetically modified organism testing technology for detecting genetically modified material in food and agricultural products, Genetic ID said.

EcoCerta has also joined Genetic ID's Global Laboratory Alliance, a network of 17 GMO testing laboratories.

Marcelo Rossato, president of EcoCerta, said that the deal comes as European Union regulations on the import of genetically modified crops call for "reliable, standardized detection methods."

Genetic ID's technology detects all commercialized genetically modified crops and detects and quantifies genetically modified material in raw crops, processed foods, and animal feed, the Fairfield, Iowa-based company said.

It added that it was the first laboratory to receive ISO 17025 accreditation for GMO quantitative and varietal screening. EcoCerta has also applied for ISO 17025 accreditation.