Crop Biotech Update

Australian OGTR Approves GM Cotton (COT102) and Canola (DHA Canola)

February 14, 2018

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) announced the approval for commercial release of insect resistant cotton (COT102) and GM canola with improved omega-3 oil content (DHA canola).

According to the OGTR notices, COT102 and DHA canola, as well as the products derived from them, may enter general commerce, including use in human food and animal feed. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has approved the use in food of material derived from these events. The approval was granted based on the finalized Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan (RARMP), which concluded that the commercial release of COT102 and DHA canola pose negligible risks to people and the environment and does not require specific risk treatment measures.

Read the OGTR notice for GM cotton and GM canola for more details.