For Soy lecithin, it is often described as different conditions such as: “non-GMO”,”GMO free” GMO not detected” , “GMO PCR-negative” ect.
PCR test is the “Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction” test method.
“PCR-negative” means soy lecithin test shows that a particular genetic component is not present. so people call it “GMO PCR negative or not detected.
However, PCR-Negative claims relying on this test are often misleading and sometimes false, as the tests cited are for ingredients where GMOs cannot be reliably tested for or detected. Soy Lecithin oil or dry lecithin powder is highly processed ingredients. The protein (DNA segment) has been filtered or decomposed. Specific transgene fragments may be present in extremely low levels or undetectable.
Only the more expensive and thorough quantitative PCR test can reliably detect the exact presence of genetic material. However, there is currently a lack of uniform testing procedures and equipment, and the cost of such quantitative analysis is usually very high.
PCR-Negative is safe for food and feed?
The European Union stipulates that the content below 1% does not need to trigger the labeling GMO regulations. The normal PCR test level is 0.1%, and the content of less than 0.1% is generally considered to be safe for genetically modified substances.
Non-GMO soy Lecithin.
Identity preservation (IP) involves soy beans testing and certification; soybeans pocessing, transport and storage on and from the farm; receiving and handling at the elevator; the establishment or use of dedicated processing and storage and distribution facilities; supplier certification and monitoring; development of recognizable and standardized labeling systems; compliance monitoring; GM testing throughout the supply chain; and provisions for appropriately allocating liability in case of errors.