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Australia's OGTR Receives License Application for Commercial Release of GM DHA Canola

June 7, 2017

The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has received a license application (DIR 155) from Nuseed Pty. Ltd. (Nuseed) for commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) canola.

DIR 155 is for commercial release of a GM canola line, DHA canola which contains seven introduced genes for production of long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, predominantly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), in the seed oil. DHA canola also contains a selectable marker gene for glufosinate herbicide tolerance. Nuseed is seeking approval to commercially grow the GM canola in all canola growing areas of Australia. The GM canola and its products would enter general commerce, including use in human food and animal feed.

The OGTR is preparing a Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan for the application which would be released for public comment and further advice from experts, agencies, and authorities in October 2017. There will be at least 30 days allowed for submission of comments.

For more information, including the notice of application, questions and answers, and summary of the license application, visit the DIR 155 page on the OGTR website.