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Genetically modified food publication launched

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FOOD Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has released a new publication on genetically modified food called GM Foods.

“One of the greatest influences science has on our day-to-day lives is through the food we eat,” Parliamentary secretary for health and ageing Christopher Pyne said.

“Gene technology is a very new science and it is a complex issue to explain to consumers.

“GM Foods goes a long way towards explaining how genetically modified food is checked for safety and how it is regulated by FSANZ.

“The safety assessment process carried out by FSANZ is recognised as one of the best in the world and FSANZ scientists are in demand to explain the process at overseas seminars.

“I appreciate that consumers, more and more these days, require information about the food that they eat so that they feel more comfortable about making an informed choice about that food through food labelling. The publication also explains how the labelling of GM food works.”

“The GM food standard requires that the food must be labelled if there is altered DNA or protein in the final product.”

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