A Nebraska University study has determined that allergens are passed on through genetic modification. Dr Steve Taylor determined that subjects who were allergic to Brazil nuts had allergic reactions to soya beans modified with a Brazil Nut gene, illustrating the relevance for labeling of genetically modified organisms.
The Brazil nut is a well known allergen and passed on its allergenic quality to the soy bean, illustrated by the test subjects who tested positive for a skin reaction to the Brazil nut and the genetically modified soy bean.
The Food and Drug Administration in the United States has refused to date to mandate labeling of genetically modified organisms, a public health concern, as allergens may be passed onto consumers who may develop an anaphylactic reaction.
Identification of a Brazil-Nut Allergen in Transgenic Soybeans
Julie A. Nordlee, M.S., Steve L. Taylor, Ph.D., Jeffrey A. Townsend, B.S., Laurie A. Thomas, B.S., and Robert K. Bush, M.D.
N Engl J Med 1996; 334:688-692March 14, 1996DOI: 10.1056/NEJM199603143341103