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Food regulator ignores health risks of GE potatoes

Food regulator ignores health risks of GE potatoes

Soil & Health Association 4 October 2017
Media release    

New Zealanders could soon be eating crisps and hot chips made from GE potatoes, with little idea of the added health risks from genetic engineering. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), which has just approved six new lines of GE potatoes for human consumption, has breached its duty of care to consumers, says the Soil & Health Association.

Last week the Trans-Tasman food regulator released its decision approving the sale of food derived from potatoes that have been genetically engineered for disease resistance to foliar late blight, reduced blackspot bruising and reduced acrylamide potential. The potatoes are aimed at fast food outlets and the frozen chip and crisps market.

“FSANZ has a legal requirement to protect the health and safety of people in Australia and New Zealand through the maintenance of a safe food supply,” says Soil & Health chair Graham Clarke. “By approving these potato lines without sufficient evidence to prove that they are safe to eat, FSANZ has effectively breached this legal requirement.”

“Soil & Health is further concerned that due to New Zealand’s weak food labelling laws, consumers may not even know whether they’re consuming the GE potatoes or not,” says Clarke.

Soil & Health made a joint submission with GE Free NZ on the application, and referenced a number of studies that show harm from eating GE foods, which FSANZ has dismissed and ignored. The submission highlighted how no independent food safety experiments had been carried out on the GE potato lines.

ALARM BELLS RING OVER GE SPUD DECISION BY AUSSIE DOMINATED FOOD REGULATORY BODY

GE-Free Northland

4 October 2017  Media Release

ALARM BELLS RING OVER GE POTATO DECISION BY AUSSIE DOMINATED FOOD REGULATORY BODY

GE-Free Northland is appalled but not surprised by the latest deeply flawed decision by Food Standards Australia NZ, in which the agency approved an American application for six lines of genetically modified potatoes to be sold in NZ and Australia.[1]

Food Standards Approval Ignores Possible Dangers Of GE Potatoes

 

GE FREE NZ Press release 
1 October 2017

 

Food Standards Approval Ignores Possible Dangers Of GE Potatoes.

 

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), a trans-Tasman regulatory body, has approved 6 lines of GE potatoes (A1139) carrying genes from viruses and bacteria to stop discoloration and alter vital nutritional components [1].  The NZ Minister for Food Safety has let down NZ consumers yet again by failing to carry out a thorough public safety evaluation.

 

The joint submission from GE-Free NZ and Soil and Health highlighted many studies that show harm from eating GE foods, which FSANZ has dismissed and ignored. [2]

 

Protecting GE-Free Advantage Makes Economic Sense For NZ

www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1708/S00550/protecting-ge-free-advantage-makes-economic-sense-for-nz.htm


Protecting GE-Free Advantage Makes Economic Sense For NZ

Monday, 28 August 2017, 9:22 am


Protecting GE-Free Advantage Makes Economic Sense For New Zealand

There is growing political consensus that keeping New Zealand a GE-free country for food production is important for economic and environmental security.

MORE THAN 16,000 NEW ZEALANDERS SAY 'NO' TO GE TREES

GE Free Northland 

13 August 2017 Media Release

MORE THAN 16,000 NEW ZEALANDERS SAY 'NO' TO GE TREES

Pressure on the Ministry for Primary Industries over the last two years has resulted in MPI removing controversial clause 6.4 (GE trees) from the new National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry.

The new NES-PF (1) gives foresters, councils, and communities clear guidelines on how to protect the environment while achieving a sustainable forestry industry.

GE Free Northland welcomes the removal of the clause that would have permitted the planting of GE trees anywhere in NZ and specifically overriden any precautionary or prohibitive GE policies and rules of local councils (including those       of Northland and Auckland).

“We are pleased MPI has listened to the many thousands of submitters who have called for the removal of the controversial clause,” said Martin Robinson, spokesperson for GE Free Northland. 

Make a submission- oppose an application to allow GE potatoes in our food! submissions needed to Food Standards Australia NZ (FSANZ)

Submission - A1139 - GE potatoes.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Template below and suggested points to make.  Please cut and paste into a new document.
Please personalise your submissions with your own words and add other points (further below).
Submissions close 7 July at 8 pm (NZ time). Email your submission to: submissions@foodstandards.gov.au

Or lodge online at www.foodstandards.gov.au/code/changes/submission/Pages/default.aspx

 

GE-FREE ZONE VICTORY AGAINST NICK SMITH'S ARROGANT POWER GRAB

 

GE-FREE ZONE VICTORY AGAINST NICK SMITH'S ARROGANT POWER GRAB

GE-Free Northland 6 April 2017 Media release

 

Whangarei, Far North, and Auckland communities are thankful that the Maori Party has successfully blocked the Government's attempt to pass controversial changes to the RMA that the Minister Nick Smith wanted to use to destroy valuable GE-free zones.

Northland's and Auckland's ability to establish a GM-free food producing zone under local plans has been protected following last minute changes to the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill.

Maori Party says no way to Nick Smith’s power grab

https://organicnz.org.nz/media-releases/maori-party-says-no-way-to-nick-smiths-power-grab/

 

Maori Party says no way to Nick Smith’s power grab

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