Biotech Updates

FSANZ Invites Comments on GM Corn Line Application

January 27, 2016

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) called for written submissions on applications to seek approval for food derived from a genetically modified corn line MZIR098 that is tolerant to the herbicide glufosinate ammonium and protected against corn rootworm. The application for approval was submitted by Syngenta Australia Pty Ltd.

FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said "The aim of the assessment is to find out if there are any differences between the GM food and its conventional counterpart. No public health or safety issues were identified and the corn was found to be as safe as its conventional counterpart."

Submissions are invited from government agencies, public health professionals, industry and the community. Comments will be accepted until February 29, 2016.

For more information about the deadline, or how to make a submission, read the details of Application A1116 at the FSANZ website.