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Food Standards Australia New Zealand - Call for submissions on genetically modified safflower lines  

Australia & New Zealand
June 26, 2016

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) called for submissions today on an application to include food from genetically modified safflower lines in the Food Standards Code.

FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mark Booth said the two lines had been genetically modified to produce very high levels of oleic acid and lower levels of linoleic acid in the seed.

“The applicant has stated that the main use of the safflower will be to produce oil for non-food purposes (including pharmaceutical and cosmeceutical use) but it may also be used in food production in the future,” Mr Booth said.

“FSANZ has undertaken a thorough risk assessment and determined there are no public health and safety issues relating to food derived from the safflower lines.”

All FSANZ decisions on applications are notified to ministers responsible for food regulation who can decide to ask for a review or agree that the standard should become law.

The closing date for submissions is COB 7 August 2018

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More news from: FSANZ (Food Standards Australia New Zealand)

Website: http://www.foodstandards.gov.au

Published: June 26, 2018

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