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NMK-89576-1
Commodity: Potatoes
Traits: Coleoptera resistance,Kanamycin resistance
Australia
Name of product applicant: Monsanto Australia Ltd
Summary of application:
Monsanto Australia Ltd have made an application to ANZFA to amend Standard A18 of the Australian Food Standards Code to include food derived from potatoes which have been genetically modified to be protected against the Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata Say.), one of the principle pests of potatoes in North America. The potatoes are known commercially as New Leaf® potatoes (Fives lines of three different potato cultivars - Russet Burbank line BT-06, Atlantic lines
ATBT04-06, ATBT04-31, and ATBT04-36, and Superior line SPBT02-05).

Protection against the Colorado potato beetle is achieved through expression in the plant of the insecticidal protein, Cry3Aa. Cry3Aa is produced naturally by the tenebrionis subspecies of the spore-forming soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (B.t.t.). The majority of described B. thuringiensis strains produce insecticidal proteins active against lepidopteran insects (larvae of moths and butterflies) and a few are reported to have activity against dipteran insects (mosquitos and flies). The Cry3Aa protein, however, is toxic to a narrow spectrum of coleopteran insects (beetles) and shows no activity against other groups of insects such as the lepidopterans or dipterans (Herrnstadt et al 1986).

Two microbial pesticide products (M-One and Foil®), which are based on B.t.t, are
commercially available in the United States and have been in use since 1989. In addition, a bio-insecticide known commercially as MYX 1806 comprising Cry3Aa genetically engineered into the bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens, which has been rendered nonviable, has been commercially available in the United States since 1991.
New Leaf® potatoes are not grown in Australia or New Zealand and are currently not
permitted to be imported into Australia or New Zealand as fresh produce. Rather, they
currently enter into the market in imported processed food commodities such as processed potato crisps, pre-cooked French fries, potato flour and potato starch.
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Date of authorization: 30/08/2001
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 A382 - Food derived from insect protected potato lines BT-06, ATBT04-31, ATBT04-36 and SPBT02-05
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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.

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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)

New Zealand
Name of product applicant: Monsanto Australia Ltd
Summary of application:

Monsanto Australia Ltd have made an application to ANZFA to amend Standard A18 of the Australian Food Standards Code to include food derived from potatoes which have been genetically modified to be protected against the Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata Say.), one of the principle pests of potatoes in North America. The potatoes are known commercially as New Leaf® potatoes (Fives lines of three different potato cultivars - Russet Burbank line BT-06, Atlantic lines ATBT04-06, ATBT04-31, and ATBT04-36, and Superior line SPBT02-05).

Protection against the Colorado potato beetle is achieved through expression in the plant of the insecticidal protein, Cry3Aa. Cry3Aa is produced naturally by the tenebrionis subspecies of the spore-forming soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (B.t.t.). The majority of described B. thuringiensis strains produce insecticidal proteins active against lepidopteran insects (larvae of moths and butterflies) and a few are reported to have activity against dipteran insects (mosquitos and flies). The Cry3Aa protein, however, is toxic to a narrow spectrum of coleopteran insects (beetles) and shows no activity against other groups of insects such as the lepidopterans or dipterans (Herrnstadt et al 1986).

Two microbial pesticide products (M-One and Foil®), which are based on B.t.t, are commercially available in the United States and have been in use since 1989. In addition, a bio-insecticide known commercially as MYX 1806 comprising Cry3Aa genetically engineered into the bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens, which has been rendered nonviable, has been commercially available in the United States since 1991.
New Leaf® potatoes are not grown in Australia or New Zealand and are currently not permitted to be imported into Australia or New Zealand as fresh produce. Rather, they currently enter into the market in imported processed food commodities such as processed potato crisps, pre-cooked French fries, potato flour and potato starch.

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Date of authorization: 25/10/2001
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):
The New Leaf® potatoes have been evaluated according to ANZFA’s safety assessment guidelines. This involves an extensive analysis of the nature of the genetic modification together with a consideration of general safety issues, toxicological issues and nutritional issues associated with the new GM food. This approach can establish whether food produced from the New Leaf® potatoes is as safe and nutritious as food produced from non-GM varieties of potatoes. The detailed information available on the genetic modification indicates that no unintentional changes have taken place at the molecular level and that the novel genetic material is stably inserted in the potato genome and maintained over several generations. Data on the potential toxicity and allergenicity of the proteins encoded by the transferred genes have been reviewed and indicates that the new proteins expressed in the New Leaf® potatoes are non- toxic and unlikely to be allergenic to humans. Compositional analyses demonstrate no significant differences in key constituents between the New Leaf® potatoes and their conventional counterparts. The impact on human health from the potential transfer of novel genetic material to cells in the human digestive tract has also been considered. The presence of novel genetic material, including two antibiotic resistance genes, in the New Leaf® Plus potatoes is not considered to pose any additional safety concerns. In assessing all of the above data, ANZFA has concluded that the New Leaf® potatoes do not raise any safety concerns.
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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 A382 - Food derived from insect protected potato lines BT-06, ATBT04-31, ATBT04-36 and SPBT02-05
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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
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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)

Philippines
Name of product applicant: Monsanto Philippines
Summary of application:
Monsanto Philippines Inc. has developed a New Leaf Potato Events BT6 derived from the Russet Burbank and Superior Variety. This potato, referred to in this document as New Leaf Potato events BT6 (RBBT02-06) and SPBT02-05 (Insect-Resistant Potato) were developed to provide a method to control yield losses from insect feeding damage caused by Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata , without the use of conventional pesticides.
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Date of authorization: 05/12/2008
Scope of authorization: Food and feed
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Summary of the safety assessment (food safety):
Monsanto Philippines Inc has provided the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) the data on the identity of the New Leaf Potato events BT6 (Insect-Resistant Potato), a detailed description of the modification method, data and information on the gene insertion sites, copy numbers and levels of expression in the plant, the role of the inserted genes and regulatory sequences in donor organisms, and full nucleotide sequences. The novel proteins were identified, characterized, and compared to the original bacterial proteins, including an evaluation of their potential toxicity to livestock. Relevant scientific publications were also supplied. Potato Bt6 has been evaluated according to BPI’s safety assessment by concerned agencies of the Department of Agriculture, such as the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) for feed safety, and Bureau of Fisheries and Product Standards (BAFPS) for food safety, and a Scientific Technical Review Panel (STRP) members. The process involves an intensive analysis of the nature of the genetic modification together with a consideration of general safety issues, toxicological and nutritional issues associated with the modified potato. As part of the evaluation procedure, the petitioner/applicant published the Public Information Sheet of the said application in two widely circulated newspapers for public comment/review. BPI received no comment on the petition during the 30-day comment period.
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E-mail:
bpibiotechsecretariat@yahoo.com
Organization/agency name (Full name):
Bureau of Plant Industry
Contact person name:
Merle B. Palacpac
Website:
Physical full address:
San Andres St., Malate, Manila
Phone number:
632 521 1080
Fax number:
632 521 1080
Country introduction:

The Philippines is the first ASEAN country to establish a modern regulatory system for modern biotechnology. The country's biosafety regulatory system follows strict scientific standards and has become a model for member-countries of the ASEAN seeking to become producers of agricultural biotechnology crops. Concerns on biosafety in the Philippines started as early as 1987 when scientists from the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the Quarantine Officer of the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) and the Director for Crops of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) recognized the potential for harm of the introduction of exotic species and genetic engineering.

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Stacked events:

Gene stacking in plants can be conferred either through genetic engineering or conventional breeding A full risk assessment as to food and feed or for processing shall be conducted to plant products carrying stacked genes conferred through genetic engineering or conventional breeding, where the individual traits have no prior approval for direct use as food and feed or processing from the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) A desktop or documentary risk assessment on the possible or expected interactions between the genes shall be conducted for stacked gene products with multiple traits conferred through conventional breeding and individual events granted prior approval by the Bureau of Plant Industry.

 

Plant Products Carrying Stacked Genes Conferred Through (a) Genetic Engineering or b) Conventional Breeding, with Individual Traits That Have No Prior Approval:

A full risk assessnent as to  food and feed or processing shall be conducted,consistent with Part V of AO No. 8,"Approval Process For the Importation of Regulated Articles for Direct Use as Food and Feed or For Processing for plant products with multiple traits conferred through:

(a) genetic engineering, or

(b) conventional breeding, where the individual traits have no prior approval from the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) for direct use as food and feed or processing.

Plant Products Carrying Stacked Genes Conferred through Conventional Breeding:

For plant products with multiple traits conferred through conventional breeding,with all individual events granted prior approval and included in the Approval Registry, a notlfication shall be submitted by the technology developer to the BPI, which shall conduct an evaluation in accordance with the relevant criteria in Annex I of this Memorandum Circular. The list of data contained in Annex I will not preclude the inclusion of other issues and concerns that will be raised by the BPI and the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) during the course of the desktop review.

Notificatlon Requirement for Plant Products Carrying Stacked Genes

All technology developers shall submit a notification to the Bureau of Plant Industry of their developed plant products carrying stacked genes and shall be required to comply with the relevant approval process listed above.

The Bureau of Plant Industry shall issue a certiflcate as to the approval of the stacked gene product and shall likewise include the transformation event in the official approval registry of plant products for food and feed or processing.

Contact details of the competent authority(s) responsible for the safety assessment and the product applicant:

Bureau of Plant Industry 692 San Andres St, Malate, Manila 1004

United States of America
Name of product applicant: Monsanto Company
Summary of application:

Potato
Trait 1 Added Protein or DNA: CryIIIA
Source: Bacillus thuringiensis var. tenebrionis (Btt)
Intended Effect: Resistance to Colorado potato beetle
Event Designation: SPBT02-5

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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 website links below.
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EPA Registered Plant Incorporated Protectants
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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
Website:
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. The Food and Drug Administration regulates food and feed (food for humans and animals) from genetically engineered crops in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA regulates pesticides, including those that are plant incorporated protectants genetically engineered into food crops, to make sure that pesticide residues are safe for human and animal consumption and do not pose unreasonable risks of harm to human health or the environment. FDA In the Federal Register of May 29, 1992 (57 FR 22984), FDA published its "Statement of Policy: Foods Derived from New Plant Varieties" (the 1992 policy). The 1992 policy clarified the agency's interpretation of the application of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to human and animal foods derived from new plant varieties and provided guidance to industry on scientific and regulatory issues related to these foods. The 1992 policy applied to all foods derived from all new plant varieties, including varieties that are developed using genetic engineering (also known as recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (rDNA) technology). In the 1992 policy, FDA recommended that developers consult with FDA about foods from genetically engineered plants under development and developers have routinely done so. In June 1996, FDA provided additional guidance to industry on procedures for these consultations (the consultation procedures). These procedures describe a process in which a developer who intends to commercialize food from a genetically engineered plant meets with the agency to identify and discuss relevant safety, nutritional, or other regulatory issues regarding the genetically engineered food and then submits to FDA a summary of its scientific and regulatory assessment of the food. FDA evaluates the submission and if FDA has questions about the summary provided, it requests clarification from the developer. At the conclusion of the consultation FDA responds to the developer by letter. The approach to the safety assessment of genetically engineered food recommended by FDA during consultations, including data and information evaluated, is consistent with that described in the Codex Alimentarius Guideline for the Conduct of Food Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Recombinant-DNA Plants. EPA The safe use of pesticidal substances is regulated by EPA. Food from a genetically engineered plant that is the subject of a consultation with FDA may contain an introduced pesticidal substance, also known as a plant-incorporated protectant (PIP), that is subject to food (food for humans and animals) safety and environmental review by EPA. PIPs are pesticidal substances produced by plants and the genetic material necessary for the plant to produce the substance. Both the PIP protein and its genetic material are regulated by EPA. When assessing the potential risks of PIPs, EPA requires studies examining numerous factors, such as risks to human health, non-target organisms and the environment, potential for gene flow, and insect resistance management plans, if needed. In regulating PIPs, decisions are based on scientific standards and input from academia, industry, other Federal agencies, and the public. Before the first PIP product was registered in 1995, EPA required that PIP products be thoroughly tested against human safety standards before they were used on human food and livestock feed crops. EPA scientists assessed a wide variety of potential effects associated with the use of PIPs, including toxicity, and allergenicity. These potential effects were evaluated in light of the public's potential exposures to these pesticides, taking into account all potential combined sources of the exposure (food, drinking water, etc.) to determine the likelihood that a person exposed at these levels would be predisposed to a health risk. Based on its reviews of the scientific studies and often peer reviews by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Scientific Advisory Panel, EPA determined that these genetically engineered PIP products, when used in accordance with approved label directions and use restrictions, would not pose unreasonable risk to human health and the environment during their time-limited registration.

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Stacked events:

Stacked events that are each plant incorporated protectants, as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency, must be registered by the Envriornmental Protection Agency before they can be commercialized.  Food/feed safety asssessment of single events are generally sufficient to ensure the safety of food/feed from stacked events.   

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