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Food derived using new breeding techniques - review

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is reviewing how the Food Standards Code applies to food derived using new breeding techniques.

New breeding techniques (NBTs) refer to a variety of new approaches in plant and animal breeding that were not in use when Standard 1.5.2 Food produced using gene technology was first developed nearly 20 years ago.

The review will consider the extent to which food derived from various NBTs should be captured for pre-market approval under Standard 1.5.2 and whether the definitions for ‘food produced using gene technology’ and ‘gene technology’ in Standard 1.1.22 should be changed to improve clarity about which foods require pre-market approval.

The review is expected to be completed by mid-2018, at which time FSANZ will consider whether to prepare a proposal to amend the Code.

Is this review a proposal to change the Code?

No. If at the end of the review, FSANZ determines that the Code needs to be changed, a proposal would need to be developed. Proposals are a separate process involving further public consultation.

What’s involved in the review?

During the review FSANZ will:
  • review the state of the science
  • continue engagement with the jurisdictions that enforce the Food Standards Code and other interested stakeholders
  • develop an issues paper for pubic consultation.

Opportunities for public comment

An issues paper will be prepared and released for public consultation towards the end of 2017.

Expert Advisory Group

An Expert Advisory Group on New Breeding Techniques (EAG NBT) has been established to provide FSANZ with expert advice on issues relevant to the review, such as the current science relating to NBTs and potential food safety issues associated with the use of NBTs.


Prof. Barbara Burlingame – Massey University, New Zealand

Dr Allan Green – CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Australia

Prof. John Knight – Otago University, New Zealand

Dr Goetz Laible – AgResearch, New Zealand

Dr Rob Lanfear – Australian National University, Australia

Prof. Dianne Nicol – University of Tasmania, Australia

Prof. Brian Priestly – Monash University, Australia

Dr Sally Symes – Victorian Dept. of Health & Human Services, Australia

Dr Mark Tizard – CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory, Australia





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