The microorganisations classification system is not perfect and needs a lot of work to be completely free of errors, according to the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.
The system was created in 1997 to help identify foods that could be genetically engineered to be less toxic to humans and animals, such as GMOs.
The classification system can be complex and requires experts to work hard to interpret the data to determine what constitutes an “organism” and to make sure it is being labelled correctly.
It also takes time and effort to identify the different types of microorganisms, such a fungi or bacteria.
In a new report for the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), Professor Michael McArthur, director general of the FAO’s International Research Centre, said the system has “serious flaws”.
“The classification system should be made free of all errors and be based on objective criteria, and the classification system needs to be updated,” he said in a statement.
“The system needs updating to make it easier for scientists to quickly identify and classify food with the correct identification criteria.”
The system has a large number of different categories and subcategories.
The categories include: “food with more than one component” (eg. apples)