FSANZ calls for submissions on GM soybean application

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 20th October 2011

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on an application to change the Food Standards Code to allow food derived from a genetically modified soybean.

FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said the application was seeking permission to allow food derived from a soybean genetically modified to be tolerant to the herbicide dicamba.

Dicamba controls annual and perennial rose weeds in grain crops and highlands, and it is used to control brush and bracken in pastures, as well as legumes and cacti.

Mr McCutcheon said, “All genetically modified (GM) foods undergo a comprehensive premarket safety assessment by FSANZ before being approved in the Food Standards Code. This application, submitted by Monsanto, is for a soybean line containing a gene derived from a soil bacterium that inactivates dicamba.

“FSANZ welcomes comments from government agencies, public health professionals, industry and the community on the application.”

The period for submissions on the soybean application closes on 29 November 2011.