ANZFAWednesday, 8th May, 2002
Comment Invited on GM CottonThe Australia New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA) yesterday invited public comment on proposed changes to the Food Standards Code, including approval for the sale of food derived from genetically modified cotton.
ANZFA' s Managing Director Ian Lindenmayer said the proposed changes were but the latest to a Code that will continue to evolve in the light of changing needs of consumers and industry, and advances in food science and nutrition.
“On or about 1 July this year, ANZFA will be re-designated as Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), with new responsibilities,” Mr Lindenmayer said.
“However, the new organisation will continue to provide the Australian and New Zealand communities with a transparent and independent process for changing food regulations.
“ANZFA' s reputation for high-level scientific investigation, collaboration with stakeholders and regard for consumer health and safety will be inherited by FSANZ and applied not only to the current foods in the Food Standards Code, but also to primary production and processing standards for foods such as meat and dairy.”
Insect-protected GM cotton (A436 ) - Draft Assessment
In July 2000, a cotton that had been genetically modified to protect it from insect attack (Ingard cotton) was approved by the Food Standards Council after ANZFA found that oil and linters from this cotton were as safe and wholesome as those from other commercially available cotton varieties. The protection was achieved by incorporating the Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) gene.
Another Bt gene has been introduced into this cotton to provide additional protection from insects and to delay the development of insect resistance to the Bt toxin. ANZFA has assessed oil and linters from this new GM cotton (Bollgard II cotton) to be as safe for human consumption as those from other commercial varieties.
Further information: Comments from interested individuals or organisations should be sent to ANZFA by 19 June 2002. Assessment reports can be accessed on the ANZFA website at www.anzfa.gov.au.
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