The following is a media release from Food Standards Australia New Zealand about the Review of food derived using new breeding techniques. Whilst this may sound like something to do with animals, it incorporates a review of the definitions of genetic modification and the foods derived from it. The media release is included here with permission.
Final Report – Review of food derived using new breeding techniques
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today released the Final Report on its review of food derived using new breeding techniques (NBTs).
FSANZ CEO Mark Booth said the Final Report is the result of a significant amount of work by FSANZ, including extensive consultation with stakeholders and the community on whether the current definitions in the Code for genetically modified foods are fit for purpose given recent advancements in genetic technologies.
“The Review found that while there are diverse views in the community about the safety and regulation of food derived from NBTs, many agreed the current definitions are no longer fit for purpose and lack clarity,” Mr Booth said.
“Based on these findings, FSANZ will prepare a proposal to amend the definitions in the Code in the New Year.
“The Proposal will look at options to strengthen current regulations and make it clearer which foods should be subject to pre-market safety assessment by FSANZ.
“As with all Proposals to amend the Code, FSANZ will consult with stakeholders and the community to ensure they can have their say.
“We understand this is an area where stakeholders have different views and concerns so communication and engagement will be a big part of our consultation process.
“I’d like to thank all of the stakeholders who contributed to the final review and its recommendations,” Mr Booth said.
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