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OECD Unique Identifier details

DAS-4Ø278-9
Commodity: Corn / Maize
Traits: 2 4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2 4-D) tolerance,Aryloxyphenoxypropionate (AOPP) acetyl coenzyme A carboxylase (ACCase) inhibitor tolerance
Australia
Name of product applicant: Dow AgroSciences Australia Ltd
Summary of application:
Dow AgroSciences Australia Limited has submitted an application to FSANZ to vary
Standard 1.5.2 – Food produced using Gene Technology – in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) to include food from a new genetically modified (GM) corn line, DAS-40278-9. The corn has been modified to be tolerant to 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and aryloxyphenoxypropionate (AOPP) acetyl coenzyme A carboxylase inhibitors (“fop” herbicides) such as quizalofop-P-ethyl.
Tolerance to these herbicides is conferred by expression in the plant of the aad-1 gene,
encoding aryloxyalkanoate dioxygenase (AAD-1), which inactivates herbicides having a
common aryloxyalkanoate structure The aad-1 gene is derived from Sphingobium
herbicidovorans, a common soil bacterium.
Corn is not a major crop in Australia or New Zealand. Domestic production is supplemented by the import of a small amount of corn-based products, largely as high-fructose corn syrup, which is not currently manufactured in either Australia or New Zealand. Such products are processed into breakfast cereals, baking products, extruded confectionery and food coatings. Other corn products such as cornstarch are also imported and used by the food industry for the manufacture of dessert mixes and sauces. Corn may also be imported in finished products such as corn chips and canned corn.
DAS-40278-9 corn will be grown in North America and is not intended for cultivation in
Australia or New Zealand. Therefore, if approved, food from this line may enter the
Australian and New Zealand food supply as imported food products.
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Date of authorization: 13/10/2011
Scope of authorization: Food
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Summary of the safety assessment:
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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 A1042 - Food derived from herbicide-tolerant corn line DAS-40278-9
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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 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.
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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: Dow AgroSciences LLC
Summary of application:
Corn
Trait 1 Added Protein: Aryloxyalkanoate dioxygenase-1 (AAD-1) protein encoded by the aad-1 gene
Source: Sphingobium herbicidovorans
Intended Effect: Tolerance to 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and certain aryloxyphenoxypropionate herbicides (e.g., quizalofop, cyhalofop, haloxyfop)
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Date of authorization: 13/04/2011
Scope of authorization: Food and feed
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Summary of the safety assessment:
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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E-mail:
jason.dietz@fda.hhs.gov
Organization/agency name (Full name):
Food and Drug Administration
Contact person name:
Jason Dietz
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Physical full address:
5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park MD 20740
Phone number:
240-402-2282
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Country introduction:
The United States is currently in the process of populating this database.
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Contact details of the competent authority(s) responsible for the safety assessment and the product applicant:
Food and Drug Administration (premarkt@fda.hhs.gov); Environmental Protection Agency