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FSANZ Seeks Public Comment for GM Corn Approval

October 7, 2020

Food Standards New Zealand Australia (FSANZ) calls for public comment for an application for the sale and use of food derived from herbicide tolerant and insect-protected corn line DP23211. FSANZ has assessed the application made by Dow AgroSciences Australia Pty Ltd for GM corn DP23211, a line with tolerance to the herbicide glufosinate and is protected against corn rootworm insect pests.

The supporting document to Application A1202 states that no potential public health and safety concerns have been identified in the assessment of herbicide tolerant and insect-protected corn line DP23211. On the basis of the data provided in the present application, and other available information, food derived from DP23211 is considered to be as safe for human consumption as food derived from non-GM corn varieties.

A  draft food regulatory measure has been prepared. Pursuant to section 31 of the FSANZ Act, FSANZ now calls for submissions to assist consideration of the draft variation. the deadline for submission is on November 12, 2020, 6 pm Canberra time. For more details, read visit the A1202 page on the FSANZ website.

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