Position Statements on Biotechnology
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (formerly ANZFA)
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (formerly ANZFA) protects the health and safety of the people in Australia and New Zealand by maintaining a safe food supply. It is a bi-national independent statutory authority that develops food standards for composition, labeling and contaminants, including microbiological limits, that apply to all foods produced or imported for sale in Australia and New Zealand. The authority "develops food standards to cover the whole of the food supply chain - from paddock to plate - for both the food manufacturing industry and primary producers".
In June 2000, what was then the Australia New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA) released its "GM Foods and the Consumer" Paper.
GM foods (or ingredients derived from them) listed in Standard A18, the Australian Food Standards Code, have passed the safety assessment and approval process and can therefore be sold in Australia and New Zealand and used to make other foods. Standard A18 and the food laws of New Zealand and the States and Territories of Australia prohibit the sale of unsafe foods.
The Paper also addressed the long-term safety of GM foods. It said:
"There is no reason to suspect that the long-term safety of GM foods will be any less than that of conventional foods. The safety assessment process is designed to ensure that these foods provide all of the benefits of conventionally produced foods and no additional risks."
and Agricultural Organization
Society of African Scientists
United States of America
Biotechnology Advisory Committee
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