March 30, 2020
Food Standards Australia New Zealand – the body that develops standards to regulate the use of ingredients in food – is inviting submissions from the public about a new line of genetically modified corn.
Monsanto Australia has applied for approval for food derived from the herbicide-tolerant maize line MON87429.
This corn as been genetically modified to to provide resistance to dicamba, glufosinate, 2,4-D and the aryloxyphenoxypropionate group of herbicides (“FOPs”, eg. quizalofop).
MON87429 is also genetically modified to provide resistance to glyphosate.
The application says the approval would offer growers multiple choices for effective weed management, including herbicide-resistant broadleaf and grass weeds.
It says trials in the United States show the GMO maize is equivalent to regular maize in key nutrients and is as safe and nutritious.
Written submissions must reach FSANZ by 6:00pm (Canberra time) on May 21.