GENTECH archive 8.96-97
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- Date: Fri, 07 Feb 97 15:48:43 +0100
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Genetically changed food to face stringent standard
AAP 03.02.97 05:45
Copyright 1997 The Australian Associated Press. Redistribution unauthorised.
CANBERRA, Feb 3 AAP - Food derived from genetic manipulation technology
would be banned from sale until health and safety requirements were satisfied
under a new draft food standard released for discussion today.
Senator Bob Woods, Parliamentary Secretary for Health, said the standard
regulating genetically modified food was an important step towards ensuring
public health and safety, support for industry and appropriate harnessing of a
important new technology.
He said the draft standard had been prepared by the Australia New Zealand
Food Authority (ASNZFA) which was now seeking views from the public.
"The integrity of Australia's food system hinges on an appropriate level of
regulation which safeguards public health and consumer confidence while not
burdening industry," Senator Woods said in a statement.
"The importance of gene technology to Australia is immense. We are in a
position to benefit through improved production, greater industry efficiency
and maximising our home grown technological expertise in the world market.
"Tough guidelines guarding public safety and confidence will strengthen our
system and underscore the integrity of Australia's food industry."
Senator Woods said public comment and submissions would be received to the
end of April and would be taken into account before the ANZFPA board considere
a final standard.