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OECD Unique Identifier Commodity Traits Latest entry uploaded on
DP-3Ø5423-1 Soyabean / Soybeans Acetolactate synthase (ALS) inhibitors tolerance,Increased oleic acid content 14/06/2013
DP-9814Ø-6 Corn / Maize Acetolactate synthase (ALS) inhibitors tolerance,Glyphosate tolerance 14/06/2013
KM-ØØØH71-4 Sugar Beet Glyphosate tolerance 14/06/2013
MON-00179-5 Alfalfa / Lucerne Altered lignin profile 15/05/2014
MON-15985-7 Cotton Lepidoptera resistance 14/06/2013
MON-87427-7 Corn / Maize Glyphosate tolerance 14/06/2013
MON-8746Ø-4 Corn / Maize Drought tolerance,Kanamycin resistance 14/06/2013
MON-87769-7 Soyabean / Soybeans High stearidonic acid 17/06/2013
MON-877Ø1-2 Soyabean / Soybeans Lepidoptera resistance 14/06/2013
MON-877Ø5-6 Soyabean / Soybeans Glyphosate tolerance,Increased oleic acid content,Low level of fatty acids 14/06/2013
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Contact Information

E-mail:
janet.gorst@foodstandards.gov.au
Country:
Australia
Organization/agency name (Full name):
Food Standards Australia New Zealand
Contact person name:
Janet Gorst
Website:
Physical full address:
Boeing Building, 55 Blackall Street, Barton ACT 2600, Australia
Phone number:
+61 2 6271 2266
Fax number:
+61 2 6271 2278
Country information about GM food safety assessment
Country introduction:
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is the regulatory agency responsible for the development of food standards in Australia and New Zealand. The main office (approximately 120 staff) is located in Canberra (in the Australian Capital Territory) and the smaller New Zealand office (approximately 15 staff) is located in Wellington on the North Island. The Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 establishes the mechanisms for the development and variation of joint food regulatory measures and creates FSANZ as the agency responsible for the development and maintenance of a joint Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code). The Code is read in conjunction with corresponding NZ and State & Territory food legislation as well as other appropriate legislative requirements (e.g. Trade Practices; Fair Trading). Within the Code, Standard 1.5.2 deals with Foods produced using Gene Technology. Applicants seeking to have a GM food approved, request a variation to Std 1.5.2 to have the GM food (from a particular line) included in the Schedule to Std 1.5.2. Only those GM foods listed in the Schedule can legally enter the food supply. An Application Handbook provides information that is required to make an application to vary the Code. This Handbook is a legal document and therefore the specified mandatory information must be supplied. For GM foods, there is also a Guidance Document that, as the name suggests, provides applicants with further details and background information on the data needed for the safety assessment of GM foods. The assessment process must be completed within a statutory timeframe (9 - 12 months depending on the complexity of the application) and involves at least one public consultation period. All GM applications involve an Exclusive Capturable Commercial Benefit i.e. applicants are required to pay a fee (outlined in the Application Handbook). Following the last public consultation, an Approval Report is prepared and is considered by the FSANZ Board who make a decision about whether the requested variation to the Code should be approved or not. The Board's decision is then passed on to the Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation (the Forum), a committee comprising senior goevernment Ministers from Australia and NZ. This Committee has approximately 2 months to review the Board's decision. If the Board's approval is accepted by the Forum, the approval is then gazetted and becomes law.
Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment
Relevant documents
Information on stacked events
Stacked events:
FSANZ does not: Separately assess food from stacked event lines where food from the GM parents has already been approved; Mandate notification of stacked events by developers; Notify the public of stacked event ‘approvals’; List food derived from stacked event lines in the Code, unless the stacked event line has been separately assessed as a single line e.g. Application A518: MXB-13 cotton (DAS-21023-5 x DAS-24236-5)
Contact details of the competent authority(s) responsible for the safety assessment and the product applicant:
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) (http://www.foodstandards.gov.au)
Country information last modified:
04/06/2013