Current definitions of ‘food produced using gene technology’ and ‘gene technology’ in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code are not are no longer fit for purpose, according to a report by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) published today.
The definitions lack clarity, are outdated, and do not reflect the diversity of techniques now in use, the report says.
It concludes that the only viable option is to amend the definitions.
The report finds there may be a case, based on risk, for some foods that use these new breeding techniques to be excluded from the requirement for pre-market safety assessments.
It also says there are are different views among those who submitted to the review about the acceptability and risk of GM foods and how best to regulate them. Continue reading