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FSANZ & GM in foods

COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

Senator SIEWERT-I would like to ask, firstly, about the presence of novel DNA and protein in highly processed oils. I know I have asked a series of questions several times around this issue. Since I last asked, have you done any testing of food oils in Australia for the presence of novel DNA and proteins-either yourselves or with other organisations?

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Newsflash: Ireland bans GM

Ireland will ban growing of GM crops, and a voluntary GM-free label can be placed on all animal products (such as meat, poultry, eggs, fish, crustaceans, and dairy) that are raised with GM-free feed, according to a GM-Free Ireland press release. Ireland joins Japan and Egypt as one of the few but growing number of countries that have banned the cultivation of GM crops.

GM-Free Ireland Co-ordinator, Michael O'Callaghan:

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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) & FSANZ

Community Affairs Committee
Budget Estimates for 2008-09 (Supplementary hearings)

Senator SIEWERT-I have a number of areas I want to talk about, but I want to talk about genetic engineering, GMO and the report Greenpeace has just released, and labelling. The issues that Greenpeace raises in its report are around safety and safety assessment but also labelling. I understand Senator Colbeck wants to talk specifically about labelling as well-is that correct?

Senator COLBECK-Yes.

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False dawn, GM future

The Australian community and state and federal government are being seriously manipulated by the GM industry into rushing unthinkingly into the brave new world of GM food. Despite pumping millions of dollars into research on genetically manipulated crops, government has not properly questioned the industry's claims, looked at the facts or put in place an appropriate regulatory system.

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Greens ‘New Century’ Australia Senate Agenda

The Australian Greens today outlined their vision for Australia in the new century ahead of the opening of the Balance-of-Power Senate.

Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown, said a record 1.17 million people voted Greens at the last election, and the five Greens Senators were ready to work constructively with all parties to respond to the challenges of the new century.

"Pollution, poverty, discrimination and the destruction of Australia's forests and precious environments are the legacy of the last century and decades of greed and inaction."

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GM labelling desperately needed

The Australian Greens today renewed calls for a halt on all Genetically Modified food approvals until they are fully tested for safe human consumption and rigorous national labelling laws are in place.

"Senate Estimates last night confirmed that FSANZ doesn't independently assess the safety of GM products but relies on company data," said Senator Rachel Siewert Greens spokesperson today.

"Regulation of GM in this country is grossly inadequate and highlights why it is so important to maintain the moratorium on GM crops," she said.

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Greens back WA call for halt on GM foods

The Australian Greens today supported calls from the WA Government for a halt on all Genetically Modified food approvals until they are fully tested for safe human consumption and rigorous national labelling laws are in place.

"Regulation of GM in this country is grossly inadequate and highlights why it is so important to maintain the moratorium on GM crops," said Australian Greens spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert today.

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