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ACS-BNØØ4-7
Commodity: Canola / Oilseed rape / Rape Seed
Traits: Glufosinate tolerance,Kanamycin resistance,Male sterility
Australia
Name of product applicant: Aventis CropScience Pty Ltd
Summary of application:
Aventis Crop Science Pty Ltd have submitted an application to ANZFA to vary Standard A18 to include all food products derived from glufosinate-ammonium tolerant and pollination controlled canola. The lines encompassed by this application are known commercially in North America as LibertyLink open pollinated and InVigor hybrid canola. Seven lines (known as Topas 19/2, T45, Ms1, Ms8, Rf1, Rf2 and Rf3) of canola (Brassica napus, B. rapa and crosses) have been genetically modified to confer tolerance to the broad-spectrum herbicide, glufosinate-ammonium. Five of these lines have been generated primarily for use in a hybrid seed production system by expressing one of two genes that enable control of pollen production, in conjunction with the herbicide tolerance trait. Two lines of open pollinated canola have been genetically modified with the herbicide tolerance trait only. Three traits may be contained within an individual transformed canola line, however not all lines contain all the traits. The genes coding for the new traits are the bacterial genes bar (or pat), barnase, barstar and npt II. The bar and pat genes produce an enzyme, phosphinothricin acetyl transferase (PAT), that metabolises the herbicide phosphinothricin (PPT) into an inactive form. Phosphinothricin is the active ingredient of the commercial herbicide glufosinate-ammonium. Glufosinate-ammonium is currently registered in Australia under the commercial name of Basta for non-selective uses, or Finale for turf and home garden uses, and as Buster in New Zealand. The mode of action of glufosinate-ammonium (or phosphinothricin) is to inhibit the plant enzyme glutamine synthetase (GS), an essential enzyme in nitrogen metabolism and amino acid biosynthesis in plants. The result of GS inhibition is the over accumulation of inorganic ammonia leading to the death of plant cells. In addition to the herbicide tolerance gene, five of the GM canola lines for use in hybrid production contain either of the genes, barnase and barstar. Expression of the barnase gene in specific plant cells induces male sterility (Ms) and when these plants are crossed with fertility restorer (Rf) canola plants expressing the barstar gene, fertility is restored in the hybrid offspring. Hybrids produced from conventional crosses between the Ms and Rf lines are reported to have significantly higher yields of oil-bearing seeds. Canola oil and meal are the two major products produced from oilseed rape plants. Canola oil is used extensively in the food industry as vegetable oil and in products such as margarine, salad dressings, bakery products, low-fat foods and confectionery. It is also used in pharmaceuticals and nutritional supplements. Canola meal is used only as a protein supplement in animal feed.
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Date of authorization: 09/05/2002
Scope of authorization: Food
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Summary of the safety assessment (food safety):
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Where detection method protocols and appropriate reference material (non-viable, or in certain circumstances, viable) suitable for low-level situation may be obtained:
Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment: Application A372 - Glufosinate ammonium tolerant canola Topas 19/2..
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E-mail:
janet.gorst@foodstandards.gov.au
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 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 115 staff) is located in Canberra (in the Australian Capital Territory) and the smaller New Zealand office (approximately 10 staff) is located in Wellington on the North Island.

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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)

No separate approval or safety assessment is necessary for foods derived from a stacked GM line that is the result of traditional breeding between a number of GM parent lines for which food has already been approved. Food from the parent lines must be listed in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. The parent lines may contain any number of different genes. If food from any of the GM parent lines has not been approved, then a full pre-market safety assessment of food from the stacked line must be undertaken.

No separate approval is required for food derived from a line that is the product of a GM line, for which food has been approved, crossed traditionally with a non-GM line.

Where a single line containing a number of genes has been produced as a result of direct gene technology methods (rather than traditional crossing) then food derived from the line must undergo a full pre-market safety assessment before approval can be given

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)

Mexico
Name of product applicant: AgrEvo Mexicana, S.A. de C.V.
Summary of application:

Authorization by COFEPRIS: 54


Canola
Trait 1 Added Protein: Barnase 
Source: Bacillus amyloliquefaciens 
Intended Effect: Male sterility 
Trait 2 Added Protein: Phosphinothricin acetyl transferase (PAT) 
Source: Streptomyces hygroscopicus 
Intended Effect: Tolerance to glufosinate-ammonium 


 

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Date of authorization: 22/02/1999
Scope of authorization: Food
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Summary of the safety assessment (food safety):
During the risk assessment of this GMO based on existing knowledge to date, no toxic or allergic effects neither substantial nutritional changes are observed. The event is as safe as its conventional counterpart.
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Where detection method protocols and appropriate reference material (non-viable, or in certain circumstances, viable) suitable for low-level situation may be obtained:
Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment: BioTrack Product Database - Mexican profile
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E-mail:
sortiz@conacyt.mx
Organization/agency name (Full name):
CIBIOGEM
Contact person name:
Dra. Sol Ortiz García
Website:
Physical full address:
San Borja #938, Col. Del Valle • Del. Benito Juárez C.P. 03100, México, D.F.
Phone number:
+52 (55) 5575-6878
Fax number:
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Contact details of the competent authority(s) responsible for the safety assessment and the product applicant:

Secretaría de Salud / Phone: +52 55 5080 5200 /Email: ralatorre@cofepris.gob.mx%20

New Zealand
Name of product applicant: Aventis CropScience Pty Ltd
Summary of application:

Aventis Crop Science Pty Ltd have submitted an application to ANZFA to vary Standard A18 to include all food products derived from glufosinate-ammonium tolerant and pollination controlled canola. The lines encompassed by this application are known commercially in North America as LibertyLink open pollinated and InVigor hybrid canola. Seven lines (known as Topas 19/2, T45, Ms1, Ms8, Rf1, Rf2 and Rf3) of canola (Brassica napus, B. rapa and crosses) have been genetically modified to confer tolerance to the broad-spectrum herbicide, glufosinate-ammonium. Five of these lines have been generated primarily for use in a hybrid seed production system by expressing one of two genes that enable control of pollen production, in conjunction with the herbicide tolerance trait. Two lines of open pollinated canola have been genetically modified with the herbicide tolerance trait only. Three traits may be contained within an individual transformed canola line, however not all lines contain all the traits. The genes coding for the new traits are the bacterial genes bar (or pat), barnase, barstar and npt II. The bar and pat genes produce an enzyme, phosphinothricin acetyl transferase (PAT), that metabolises the herbicide phosphinothricin (PPT) into an inactive form. Phosphinothricin is the active ingredient of the commercial herbicide glufosinate-ammonium. Glufosinate-ammonium is currently registered in Australia under the commercial name of Basta for non-selective uses, or Finale for turf and home garden uses, and as Buster in New Zealand. The mode of action of glufosinate-ammonium (or phosphinothricin) is to inhibit the plant enzyme glutamine synthetase (GS), an essential enzyme in nitrogen metabolism and amino acid biosynthesis in plants. The result of GS inhibition is the over accumulation of inorganic ammonia leading to the death of plant cells. In addition to the herbicide tolerance gene, five of the GM canola lines for use in hybrid production contain either of the genes, barnase and barstar. Expression of the barnase gene in specific plant cells induces male sterility (Ms) and when these plants are crossed with fertility restorer (Rf) canola plants expressing the barstar gene, fertility is restored in the hybrid offspring. Hybrids produced from conventional crosses between the Ms and Rf lines are reported to have significantly higher yields of oil-bearing seeds. Canola oil and meal are the two major products produced from oilseed rape plants. Canola oil is used extensively in the food industry as vegetable oil and in products such as margarine, salad dressings, bakery products, low-fat foods and confectionery. It is also used in pharmaceuticals and nutritional supplements. Canola meal is used only as a protein supplement in animal feed.

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Date of authorization: 20/12/2002
Scope of authorization: Food
Links to the information on the same product in other databases maintained by relevant international organizations, as appropriate. (We recommend providing links to only those databases to which your country has officially contributed.): OECD BioTrack Product Database
Summary of the safety assessment (food safety):
Edible oil from the glufosinate-ammonium tolerant and pollination-controlled canola lines have been evaluated according to the safety assessment guidelines prepared by ANZFA. The assessment considered the following issues: (1) the nature of the genetic modification; (2) general safety issues such as novel protein expression and the potential for transfer of novel genetic material to cells in the human digestive tract; (3) toxicological issues; and (4) nutritional issues. On the basis of the available information, ANZFA concluded that oil from the seven lines of herbicide-tolerant and pollination-controlled canola is as safe and wholesome as oil from other commercial varieties of canola.
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Where detection method protocols and appropriate reference material (non-viable, or in certain circumstances, viable) suitable for low-level situation may be obtained:
Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment: Application A372 - Glufosinate ammonium tolerant canola Topas 19/2
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E-mail:
andrew.pearson@mpi.govt.nz
Organization/agency name (Full name):
Ministry for Primary Industries
Contact person name:
Andrew Pearson
Website:
Physical full address:
Pastoral House, 25 The Terrace, Wellington, 6012
Phone number:
+6448942535
Fax number:
Country introduction:

New Zealand and Australia share a joint food regulation system for the composition of labelling of most foods. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is the regulatory agency responsible for the development of the joint 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.

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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)

United States of America
Name of product applicant: Plant Genetic Systems, N.V.
Summary of application:
Canola
Trait 1 Added Protein: Barnase
Source: Bacillus amyloliquefaciens
Intended Effect: Male sterility
Trait 2 Added Protein: Phosphinothricin acetyl transferase (PAT)
Source: Streptomyces hygroscopicus
Intended Effect: Tolerance to glufosinate-ammonium
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Date of authorization: 04/04/1996
Scope of authorization: Food and feed
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Summary of the safety assessment (food safety):
Please consult the FDA website links below.
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Where detection method protocols and appropriate reference material (non-viable, or in certain circumstances, viable) suitable for low-level situation may be obtained:
Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment: FDA's webpage regarding this variety
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Authorization expiration date (a blank field means there is no expiration date)
E-mail:
cristina.soerensen@mag.gov.py
Organization/agency name (Full name):
Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería
Contact person name:
María Cristina Soerensen Gonzalez
Website:
Physical full address:
Yegros 437 entre 25 de mayo y Cerro Cora
Phone number:
+595 21 492948
Fax number:
Country introduction:
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Contact details of the competent authority(s) responsible for the safety assessment and the product applicant: