Biotech Updates

Australia's OGTR Invites Comments on Field Trial of GM Canola and Indian Mustard

March 23, 2022

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) invites comments from the public to assess an application from Nuseed Pty. Ltd. to conduct a field trial of canola and Indian mustard genetically modified (GM) for altered oil content and herbicide tolerance.

The field trial is proposed to take place at up to 20 sites with a total area of 150 hectares per year over five years. Sites would be in New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland. The GM canola and Indian mustard in this field trial would not be used for human food or animal feed.

The Gene Regulator has prepared a Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan (RARMP) for this application and welcomes written submissions on issues relating to the protection of human health and safety and the environment prior to making a decision on whether or not to issue the license. Submissions for DIR 188 should be received by April 26, 2022.

For more details on how to submit comments, visit the DIR 188 page on the OGTR website.

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