Biotech Updates

FSANZ Approves GM Soybean Use in Food

May 27, 2011

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) approved the application to use glyphosate tolerant, high oleic acid soybean (MON87705) in food.

"FSANZ has approved an application seeking permission for food derived from genetically modified soybean that has an improved fatty acid profile resulting in enhanced nutritional characteristics. The soybean has been developed to have an unsaturated fatty acid profile similar to olive oil and canola oil," said FSANZ Chief Officer Steve McCutcheon.

The Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council has also been notified about the approval. McCutcheon said that the Council has 60 days to respond to FSANZ if a review on the approval is needed or not.

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