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Herbicide Tolerant GM Canola Gets Commercial Approval in Australia

May 26, 2021

The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) in Australia has issued license DIR 175 to BASF Australia Ltd., authorizing the commercial release of MS11 canola genetically modified (GM) for herbicide tolerance and a hybrid breeding system.

The release is authorized throughout Australia, and products derived from this GM canola may enter general commerce, including the use in human food and animal feed. The license decision was informed by a Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan (RARMP) undertaken by the OGTR with inputs from stakeholders nationwide. This included consultations with the public, state and territory governments, local councils, Australian Government agencies, the Minister for the Environment, and the Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee.

The RARMP concludes that this commercial release poses negligible risk to people and the environment. The finalized RARMP and its summary, the license, and Questions and Answers about this decision are available online from the DIR 175 page on the OGTR website.

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