FSANZ Issues Notice on Food Derived from Herbicides-Tolerant Canola

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Posted By: Hamidreza Sohrabi

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On January 18, 2021, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has assessed document provided by Bayer Crop Science Proprietary Limited seeking to permit the sale and use of “Food derived from Herbicides-Tolerant Canola line MON94100".

The scope of the scientific document is food produced using gene technology. The keypoints are herein highlighted:

  • Canola line has been genetically modified for tolerance to the herbicide dicamba.
  • No potential public health and safety concerns have been identified.
  • Safety assessment of Canola line MON94100 includes the below:
    • Characterization of the transferred genetic material, its origin, function and stability in the canola genome.
    • Characterization of novel nucleic acids and protein in the whole food.
    • Detailed compositional analyses.
    • Evaluation of intended and unintended changes.
    • The potential for any newly expressed protein to be either allergenic or toxic in humans.
  • Based on the data provided and other information, food derived from canola line MON94100 is considered to be as safe for human consumption as food derived from conventional non-GM canola cultivars.
  • Existing labelling requirements for GM food will apply to food derived from canola line MON94100 in accordance with the Code.
  • Various subsections of standards have been listed and food for sale must comply with all relevant labelling requirements imposed by the Code for that food.

Check out the complete Draft Assessment Report on our Food News Monitoring System.