Interview with Novo Nordisk GMO expert Asser Sloth Andersen (M.Sc. in molecular biology).
We do that by showing how we handle our production and by keeping a continuous dialogue with our stakeholders. We have no interest in hiding incidents of accidental GMO leakages. We want to tell openly and honestly about all aspects of our use of GMOs.
Our GMOs are too weak to survive in nature. We do everything to prevent leakage of GMOs and have very strict guidelines for actions if it accidentally should happen. In a few instances small amounts of fluids containing GMOs have by mistakes been leaked into the sewerage system. In these instances the authorities and NGOs have been called to watch the treatment of the waste. The waste has been thoroughly examined to determine whether the GMOs could survive in nature. As expected, the GMOs we use are too weak to survive in nature.
The genetically modified cells in our production are created in a laboratory and only intended for production in a protected and controlled environment. This means that the cells are very weak. It will take a number of very unusual incidents for our GMOs to survive in nature.
We make huge efforts to avoid any instances of spills that contain GMOs. But whenever the human factor is involved no system is 100 per cent safe. In the few instances we have experienced, the spills have been caused by human errors or mistakes. Any spill has been carefully evaluated afterwards to learn from the errors.