Fsanz calls for public submissions on herbicide-tolerant modified corn

By RJ Whitehead

- Last updated on GMT

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The antipodean regulator has called for evidence in support of an application to permit food made from a corn line that has been genetically modified to be tolerant to two herbicides.  

Peter May, acting chief executive of Fsanz, said the Australia and New Zealand regulator’s testing had found the corn to be safe for human consumption. 

Fsanz has conducted a thorough safety assessment on the application and no potential health and safety concerns were identified​,” May said.  

Based on data provided and other available information, food derived from this corn is considered to be as safe for human consumption as food derived from conventional corn​.” 

The regulator is calling on government agencies, public health professionals, the food industry and members of the community to submit their views on the subject by March 22.   

All decisions Fsanz makes on standards are then notified to ministers responsible for food regulation. The ministers can decide to adopt, amend or reject standards, or they can ask for a review.

Related topics: Policy, Oceania, Supply chain

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