The UK’s leading scientists are expected to stress that GM foods are safe for consumers in a report out today [Monday] , however they will probably add that current methods of assessing the safety of GM foods could be tightened up.

The report was promised by The Royal Society last year, when it revealed that a review of the latest scientific findings on GM would allay public concern over GM food safety.

One of the largest concerns about GM foods is the possibility that they will cause allergic reactions. When the Royal Society last reported on the subject four years ago, it concluded that while GMOs may lead to improvements in food quality, nutrition, health and agricultural practice, they might also pose some risks in this area of allergies.

Another concern is that GM food crops are created in a similar way traditional cross-breeding, which could mean that they become gradually less nutritious and maybe even poisonous.

Currently, GM safety assessments rely on the principle of “substantial equivalent”, that is to say that a GM crop is deemed safe if it is essentially the same as its conventional equivalent.