Discussion paper

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is undertaking a review of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) to consider its application to the food products of new breeding techniques (NBTs).

Specifically, the review is to consider the definitions for ‘food produced using gene technology’ and ‘gene technology’. The review is being undertaken in accordance with section 113 (s.113) of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 (FSANZ Act)2 .

The s113 review will not consider issues related to labelling, nor will it directly result in changes to the Code. As soon as practicable after completing the review, FSANZ will decide whether to prepare a proposal to amend the Code. Any subsequent proposal to amend the Code will be done separately and involve additional public consultation.

FSANZ has established an Expert Advisory Group on New Breeding Techniques (EAG NBT) to assist with the review. This group will provide advice on relevant issues, such as the current science, potential food safety issues and stakeholder concerns associated with NBTs.

The purpose of this consultation paper is to seek views from a broad range of stakeholders on some of the specific issues and questions raised by the review.

The period for comment on this consultation paper closes 12 April 2018

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